headaches and migraines
Millions of Americans will suffer with migraine headaches every year. The American Migraine Foundation estimates that number to be around 36 million.
Migraines are powerful, throbbing headaches that can be debilitating for those who suffer with them. They usually occur on one side of the head. Sometimes they can last for hours or even days. Other symptoms may come with migraines including sensitivity to light and sound, and possible nausea and vomiting.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to your skull. There is one joint on either side of the jaw. When the joint is injured, it can cause pain.
Injury can happen because a patient grinds their teeth (bruxism). An injury to the head or the neck could also cause issues in the TMJ.
Trigeminal Neuralgia can cause a painful sensation in one side of the head or face. It feels something like an electric shock. It is caused by an issue with the trigeminal nerve, located in in the face. The Trigeminal Nerve’s job is to carry sensations from the face to the brain.
WHEN TO SEE A PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Our interventional pain specialists can diagnose rare headache disorders and break the cycle of long-lasting or acute migraine headaches. They also are up-to-date on the full spectrum of headache medicines and the most effective treatments, including SPG injections (sphenopalatine ganglion blocks), RFA of the occipital nerve, and spinal cord stimulator.