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Published on October 19, 2015

Headache Help For All Ages

Many have felt throbbing pain and pounding in their heads at some point throughout their lives. That pain tends to go away quickly for most people; however, some may experience it more frequently and for longer periods of time, impacting daily life.

Types of Headaches

  • Migraine headaches: Symptoms other than pain, such as nausea, vomiting and lightheadedness, can occur
  • Cluster headaches: Occur in a series that may last weeks or months, and may return every year or two
  • Tension headaches: The most common type that can be caused by stress and muscle tension

Treating Headaches

The Wheaton Franciscan Headache Center can help those suffering from headaches by working to develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnosis that may include:

  • Nutrition and hydration guidelines
  • Exercise plan
  • Medication
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Sleep schedule
  • Smoking cessation
  • Avoiding known triggers
  • Resting in a quiet environment when a headache occurs
  • Botox treatment

Dr. Ashley Holdridge, neurologist and medical director of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group’s Headache Center, shares, “I have seen how crippling and life-altering headaches can be not only for the patient, but also the whole family. By taking a multifaceted treatment approach, we provide patients with a variety of tools and coping skills, giving them a sense of control over their ailment that is often lost.”

Test Your Headache Knowledge

Dr. Ashley Holdridge explains common headache myths and misconceptions:

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Headache Help For All Ages