Migraine Awareness

June is National Migraine Headache Awareness Month

Neurologists divide head region pain into primary headaches and secondary headaches.

Tension headaches and migraine headaches are just a couple of examples of a primary headache. These headaches are not ‘secondary’ to serious neurological conditions.

Secondary headaches mean that it is secondary to another underlying medical condition, some which can be severe such as an aneurysm or a tumor(s) in the central nervous system.

It’s important to know that not every bad headache is a migraine headache. There are a number of medical conditions that can cause headaches.  If you have frequent headaches you need to see your primary care physician, as this may indicate and underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Lifestyle changes such as implementing a healthy diet and exercising can often benefit you by reducing the severity and frequency of the headaches. However, some patients may still need to explore additional preventive treatment options.  These can include prescription medications, behavioral therapies and/or interventional methods.

Finding the right treatment for you requires talking to your doctor about how headaches are impacting your daily life.  To find a location near you, click here. You can also call the Physician Finder - 918-599-4OSU.