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Headache is a very common condition that affects virtually everyone. Some individuals have more debilitating headaches than the others severely affecting their quality of life.

The two commonest type of headaches seen in clinical practice are migraine and tension headache. 

Dr. Manish Taneja

Vascular Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Headaches: What It Is, Types, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment 

When you’re experiencing a severe headache, you might not be able to do all the things that you need to do in your everyday life. This can be stressful, on top of having a headache that is already painful and irritating.

Headaches are a feeling of discomfort or pain in the general face and head area. Broadly speaking, there are a few different kinds of headaches, like migraine headaches, cluster headaches, thunderclap headaches, and tension headaches. Regardless of the kind of headache you experience, it is possible to find relief. Let’s discuss headaches so that you can be more informed:

 

Headaches Symptoms 

There are a variety of symptoms that you might experience when you have a headache. For example, you might feel like you’re sick to your stomach, and you might even vomit. However, you might just feel lightheaded and sensitive to any light that is around you.

Usually, you’re going to feel pain on either both or one side of your head. Your head might even hurt to the touch, and in some instances, you might feel like your eyes are watering and your eyelids are drooping.

asian businessman having a headache in his office

Headaches Causes 

The cause of your headache varies, depending on the kind of headache you’re experiencing. It might be caused by things like medicine, lack of water and food, or hormonal imbalances. However, a headache could be caused by things like a neck injury, eye problems, infections, and teeth issues.

 

Diagnoses of Headaches 

Depending on the frequency and severity of your headache, you might find that it’s beneficial to have an official diagnosis. If you’re in pursuit of a diagnosis, a healthcare professional might decide to do an MRI, which is important if you’re having troubling symptoms.  For example, if you’re having long headaches, sudden headaches, or new headaches, an MRI is important because it will determine if other, more severe issues are occurring. If none of these symptoms are happening, you will simply need a clinical assessment or a physical examination.

 

Different Types of Headaches

There are several different types of headaches. A primary headache refers to a headache that is the primary medical issue. So, if you get a headache that is a primary headache, your main medical issue is the headache itself.

A primary headache includes:

  • Migraine headache
  • Cluster headache
  • Tension-type headache

A secondary headache, on the other hand, refers to a headache that is caused by another underlying medical issue. You might have a neck injury, teeth and gum issues that cause pain, or meningitis. Usually, a headache is a primary headache, and several different kinds of headaches fall under this category. They are also known as ‘organic” headaches and may occur due to head injury or another disorder. They can include:

  • Tumor
  • Highblood pressure
  • Infections
  • Other headache diseases and disorders

 

Migraine Vs Headache 

The difference between a migraine and a headache is that migraines are neurological condition that affects both your nerve pathways and the chemicals in your brain. When there are changes in the way your brain is working, it will trigger a plethora of symptoms, like fatigue, pain, dizziness, and nausea. Simple headaches are not necessarily a migraine because of a difference in the way your brain functions.

People can sometimes mistake a brain aneurysm for a migraine because the symptoms of these two conditions can overlap, making it difficult to differentiate between them. Read in our article, “Migraine vs. Brain Aneurysm” and the reasons why this confusion can occur and mislead patients.

 

Headaches Assessment (When to Worry)

Oftentimes there’s nothing to worry about when you have a headache. It will simply go away on its own. However, you need to begin to worry when you have a fever alongside your headache when your headaches last for days, and when you’ve had a known head injury. There are other reasons to worry. If your headache gets worse after moving, or if it is long, abrupt, and painful, then it’s concerning. Assess yourself for these symptoms and seek help if you have them.

The majority of individuals who come in with headaches receive successful medical management with excellent response to treatment. A range of medications, both over-the-counter and prescription-based, are available for both immediate headaches and to proactively prevent severe episodes. Furthermore, there is the introduction of newer injection-based treatments, administered monthly or every 3-4 months, to improve care for patients experiencing headaches.

Learn more about our assessment and headache management techniques

When Is It Time to Worry About a Headache

Headaches are very common and most are not concerning. But in some cases, they can signal something serious. Learn the signs of when you should worry.

 

Additional Headache Management Techniques  

For patients who don’t respond well to medication or experience significant side effects, there are additional options called interventional headache management techniques. These techniques are offered as an alternative and can be combined with medical treatment for better results.

Managing your headache is possible when you use medicine and newer injection-based treatements. These methods are proven to help those with headaches find relief.

 

Interventional Headache Management

Interventional headache management treatments for headaches involve procedures like nerve blocks (typically guided by ultrasound) and botox injections. They can reduce the severity of headaches. These treatments are usually performed in a clinic setting, and patients can go home right after the procedure. If you experience headaches, it can be a non-specific neurological symptom of brain aneurysm. What is a brain aneurysm headache? A brain aneurysm headache is a severe and sudden headache when patients experience the worst headache of their lives. Learn more about the different types of brain aneurysm headaches in our brain aneurysm resources. 

If you’re thinking, ‘I need a headache clinic near me or a headache doctor near me’ or ‘Is my headache a brain aneurysm?’, visit Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. Our team and headache and brain aneurysm specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, is committed to helping people in Singapore find relief from their headaches. Find more answers to commonly asked brain aneurysm and stroke questions from our patients with Dr. Manish Taneja

Whether you’re looking for a neurointerventional doctor or a neurointerventional clinic in Singapore, we are here to help. We encourage you to reach out for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Treatments

There are more several types of neurointerventional conditions we offer to treat different problems including headache and brain aneurysm in Singapore. Swipe to learn more.

Brain Aneurysm

Brain aneurysm is bulging or ballooning of a blood vessel supplying the brain. Brain aneurysms are present in 1 to 2% of population. The commonest age group affected is 40-60 years.

Brain aneurysms can cause non-specific neurological symptoms such as headaches, double vision, and more.

Stroke Screening

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is also the leading cause of long term disability with debilitating and devastating consequences for both patients and family. One of the most recognizable outcomes of stroke is paralysis affecting a part or half of the body.

There are different types, grades and location of AVM in the brain. The symptoms that patients present with depend on these above factors.

Stroke Management and Prevention

Stroke is one of the most common conditions causing death worldwide. There is high incidence of permanent brain damage severely affecting quality of life in affected patients. It can be a devastating event both for patient and the family.

The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent stroke. There are well known causes of stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, poor controlled diabetes and smoking.

Headache

Headache is a very common condition that affects virtually everyone. Some individuals have more debilitating headaches than the others severely affecting their quality of life.

The two commonest type of headaches seen in clinical practice are migraine and tension headache. There are other causes of headache that may be caused by underlying structural issues in the brain or by other physiological issues affecting the structures of the brain.

What is Neurointerventional Treatment?

Neurointerventional treatments are performed to treat different problems that occur in the brain, spine, head, and neck. Neurointerventionalists use small instruments and catheters to go through blood vessels in your body to reach the affected area. This is done with the help of advanced imaging technology like CT and MRI scans to ensure precise treatment.

Introduction to Brain AVM

Brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an uncommon condition that is due to abnormal connection between arteries and veins in the brain substance. Almost 60% patients diagnosed with this condition are below 40 years of age.

There are different types, grades and location of AVM in the brain. The symptoms that patients present with depend on these above factors.

Carotid Stenting

Carotid artery is the artery in the neck supplying blood to the brain from the heart. Atherosclerosis of the carotid artery is responsible for causing stroke in about 20% of all patients with stroke worldwide.

Atheromatous deposits and plaques cause blockage of blood supply to the brain in high risk individuals. 

Intracranial Stenting

Intracranial Stenting is a less commonly known technique to treat stroke or prevent stroke. Blockage of blood vessels to the brain is a common cause of stroke in Asian population affecting up to 25% of patients presenting with acute stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is a precursor of stroke.

Acute stroke is a “brain attack” and there are two main causes, a blocked artery or leaking or bursting of a blood vessel.

Head and Neck Vascular Malformations

Vascular malformations are a complex spectrum of conditions with commonly used names being venous malformation, arteriovenous malformation, arteriovenous fistula, lymphatic malformation, hemangioma, lymphangioma.

Vascular malformation is an abnormal collection of blood vessels that can occur anywhere in the body. 

Read More About Neurointerventional Treatments on Our Blog

To dive deeper into the types of neurointerventional treatments, head over to our clinic’s blog and view our helpful video guides. Read our recommended neurointerventional treatments related blog posts to stay informed.

What is a brain aneurysm? Read our helpful ultimate guide post to learn brain aneurysm causes,  symptoms, treatment options, and more. 

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Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Neurointerventional Treatments

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and pain management. Our state-of-the-art facilities and dedication to patient satisfaction ensure we help you best with a positive outcome. To learn more about how to deal with headaches, contact us to arrange an appointment on our website with Dr. Manish Taneja, or call us at +65 6904 8084.