Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. For example, up to 90% of adults have reported experiencing tension headaches, and 28 million people in the US alone have had a migraine. There are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.
Here are just a few of the countless symptoms associated with some of the most common headache types:
Mild pain, tightness, or pressure on both sides of the head with no specific pattern as to when it occurs.
Intense throbbing, pounding, or pulsating on one side of the head that lasts up to 48 hours.
Pain triggered by specific factors such as stress, disrupted sleep patterns, or even certain types of foods.
Vision disturbances such as blind spots, blurred vision, eye pain, stars, or tunnel vision. These are called auras, and they can occur anywhere from a few minutes to an entire day before the actual headache hits.
Severe pain behind one of the eyes that occurs at least twice a day for 30 to 90 minutes at a time. This is generally followed by redness in the eye, a runny nose, and congestion.
Headache symptoms can either lead to or coincide with a number of other conditions. Some of these include:
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Sensitivity to light
Chronic headaches and migraines can both be the result of hormonal imbalance. Imbalanced hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol can lead to painful headaches. In women, hormone-induced headaches are often a sign of menopause.
In addition to hormonal imbalance there are a number of other factors that can lead to headaches:
Abnormal brain activity
Unusual activity in the hypothalamus.
Headaches caused by hormonal imbalance are treatable with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses hormones that are biologically identical to those your body creates naturally.
This stands in contrast to conventional HRT, which uses synthetic hormones. Your doctor may prescribe hormones in the form of pills, pellets, gels or patches, all of which are safe and effective.
For non-hormonal chronic headaches, your doctor may recommend:
Blood pressure or seizure medications
Nausea medicines or sedatives for treating individual symptoms
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Headaches can make everyday life a difficult slog. BHRT may provide the solution you need to rid yourself of migraines and other chronic headaches. Please call (817) 349-7115 or contact Dr. Mark Anderson online.
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About Dr. Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson, MD is Board Certified in Family Practice. He is co-author of a number of books including Executive Medicine: Optimizing Your Chances for a Longer Life, Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health, and Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100 Healthy, Happy, and Wise which will be on shelves in May.
Named a HealthCare Hero 2013 by the Fort Worth Business Press, Dr. Anderson has devoted his career to helping others reach their full health potential. His dedication to keeping up with the latest science and technology is what makes him one of the most sought after physicians in the country.
He can be heard around the nation each week on The Staying Young Radio Show which can be heard locally on both 570 AM KLIF and Sirius XM CH131.
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