Headaches and facial pain affect millions of people across the United States, and they often result from an underlying condition. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, the expert pain management doctors diagnose and treat complex headaches and facial pain disorders. Their offices are conveniently located in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York. To get treatment for your headaches or facial pain, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that affects the trigeminal nerves, which are responsible for the feeling in your face. Trigeminal neuralgia causes sudden, intense attacks of facial pain. In periods when the condition flares up, the attacks can be triggered by light contact, including brushing your teeth, putting on makeup, or even feeling a gentle breeze. During these periods, people with trigeminal neuralgia usually experience several attacks a day.
It’s difficult to predict when you’ll next experience an attack of trigeminal neuralgia, as the condition comes and goes without warning. Though it’s not life-threatening, the condition usually becomes worse over time if it’s not treated.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, the team of doctors provides a range of treatments for managing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, including prescription medication. Your doctor may also recommend an injection of steroid medication into your trigeminal nerve to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain, or radiofrequency ablation, which uses radio waves to stop pain signals.
Occipital headaches are a chronic headache disorder that causes pain in the back of the head. The pain is a piercing, stabbing sensation that starts at the base of your skull and can spread to the area behind your eyes. When the pain reaches the area behind your eyes, it usually only affects one side. The attacks come on suddenly and usually last a few seconds to a few minutes, but a dull ache and tenderness can linger in your scalp.
Occipital headaches commonly result from a pinched occipital nerve, which runs from the top of your spinal cord to your scalp. Conditions such as osteoarthritis, gout, inflamed blood vessels, and diabetes can pinch the occipital nerve.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat occipital headaches. Alternately, your doctor may recommend treatment to stop pain signals from traveling through your occipital nerve by using a nerve block injection or electrical stimulation.
Headaches often result from another medical condition. These types of headaches are called “secondary headaches.” Conditions that can cause secondary headaches include:
Primary headaches, such as tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines, aren’t the sign of an underlying condition, but they can still impact your quality of life. Depending on the types of headaches you get, your doctor may recommend treatments, such as medications and avoiding triggers.
To get relief from your headaches or facial pain, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.