Head pain can sometimes be mild, but it can also affect your entire day and prevent you from accomplishing daily tasks.
What are the symptoms?
Head pain can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, and confusion. The symptoms can come and go, recur several times, or be chronic and constant.
What are the causes of headaches?
Sometimes tension headaches or migraines are the cause of head pain or fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal pain disorder. Other times, head pain is a result of something underlying, like a head injury, infection, or tumor. Spinal injuries can result in head pain, as well as damage to the body’s sympathetic nerve chain. Additionally, cervical facet joints, which attach the vertebral bodies in your back, can become inflamed and cause in head pain.
How is it treated?
It’s most common to treat the symptoms of a headache rather than the primary cause, which can be difficult to diagnose. Cortisone injections and cryoanalgesia, which uses low temperatures to numb nerves causing pain, can be used to remedy head pain. If your head pain is caused by cervical facet joints, a facet block can be injected to block the resulting pain. Tension headaches can be relieved with trigger point injections, which relax your muscles.