Headache Specialist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center -  - Otolaryngologist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center

ENT, Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Facial Pain Dentistry located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL

Almost half of all adults in America have had a headache in the last year. It’s one of the most common ailments in the world, and there are over 100 different types. While most headaches are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore persistent or debilitating head pain. Experienced otolaryngologist Ryan Vaughn, MD and the team at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL, Illinois, use innovative techniques to treat headaches and facial pain. Book an appointment through the website or over the phone to find out more.

Headache Q & A

Are Headaches Ruining Your Day?

Nauseating, throbbing, splitting, piercing...a squeezing headband!

Any of these symptoms sound familiar? If you are like the patients we treat daily, you just want to return to a “normal life.” Most of the time, headaches are harmless, but patients should be careful not to ignore persistent or intense head pain. Do not allow your chronic headaches to ruin another day of your life! Traditional medications help but not fix your headaches? Our innovative treatment plans also include acupuncture and physical therapy, to fix the cause of your pain.

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Why Do I Have Headaches?

A headache is pain around the face, head, and neck area. However, there are over 100 different kinds of headaches and the causes for each kind may vary. Each differs in what part of the head it affects, the type of pain it causes, and the severity of the pain. While most headaches are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore persistent or debilitating head pain!

What are the Most Common Headaches?

Tension or Stress Headache 

With tension or stress headaches, pain occurs in the shoulders, back, and neck, and it’s often a dull ache. Stress is a common cause, and usually a hot bath or a massage is enough to relax the muscles and ease the symptoms.

Migraines

Migraines are debilitating and can sometimes last for days. They cause a deep, throbbing pain that commonly occurs around the neck and across the whole head. It affects people in different ways. Some sleep, while others experience extreme nausea. Some people experience chronic migraines.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches can occur multiple times a day, every day. They can end in minutes or last for hours, and the pattern can continue for months. The pain is severe and occurs in the area around the eyes.

Can You Prevent Headaches?

Although not always, some headache sufferers may be able to ease some of their symptoms with some lifestyle changes. Factors that can contribute to worsening headache symptoms include:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Dehydration
  • Eyestrain
  • Harmful foods
  • Hunger
  • Sleep patterns
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Sugar crashes

How Can You Treat Headaches?

For an occasional headache, drinking plenty of water, taking acetaminophen, and resting should get rid of the pain. Unfortunately, many headache sufferers need more attention than these to get true relief from their headaches and get back to normal life.

Experienced otolaryngologist Ryan Vaughn, MD and the team at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center work with you to address the underlying reasons for your headaches. They take a holistic approach to patient care, treating the body as a unit rather than focusing on the area of pain.

Are You Ready to Find Headache Relief?

The team at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center takes an integrative approach to headache pain relief. Sometimes medication makes sense, wouldn’t you also like to fix the cause of your headaches, instead of masking the pain? Our innovative treatment plans include physical therapy and acupuncture, to tackle head pain at the root cause.

Call Us Today!