What's Making Your Head Hurt?

Between one-half and three-quarters of adults around the world experienced at least one headache within the last year, and one in four households in the United States contains someone who suffers from migraines. In fact, headaches are the third most common cause of disability and loss of productivity around the world.

What these statistics are designed to illustrate is that headaches are not only exceedingly common, but also quite debilitating. At Magnolia Medical Center, our multidisciplinary team understands the burden chronic head pain can create, which is why we offer headache and migraine services.

To help you determine what might be behind your head pain, here’s a brief breakdown of some of the more common headaches.

Differentiating between primary and secondary headaches

One of the first things we determine when it comes to head pain is whether the problem is primary or secondary. In other words, is your head pain a standalone condition or is it a symptom of something else?

For example, when you have a cold or flu, you may develop sinus issues that can lead to head pain. Or, perhaps you enjoy your caffeine and develop a small headache when you haven’t had any in a little while. In these situations, you have a secondary headache because it’s tied to another problem. Once you remedy that underlying problem, your head pain clears up.

If your headache isn’t tied to anything else, we classify the head pain as primary, and our next step is to determine which type of headache you have so that we can design an appropriate treatment plan.

Most common types of primary headaches

As we mentioned earlier, there are more than 150 different types of headaches. For the purposes of this discussion, we’re going to focus on the three most common primary headache disorders, which include:

Each of these disorders can be chronic and affect your quality of life in very meaningful ways, which makes finding relief a top priority. 

When you come see us, we first review your symptoms and your medical history, as well as your family history. Once we have a clearer picture of what’s behind your head pain, we devise a treatment plan that typically includes one or more of the following:

Our goal when it comes to head pain of any kind is to avoid medications and other interventional techniques and focus instead on more integrative and sustainable solutions that help you find long-lasting relief.

If you’re struggling with head pain, the first step toward much-needed relief is to contact our office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to speak with one of our headache specialists.

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