While everyone gets headaches occasionally, if you suffer from chronic headaches, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, provides comprehensive testing to identify the condition causing your headaches and customized treatments to restore your health and quality of life. Call the Winchester, Virginia, office or schedule a consultation online today.
While issues such as dehydration, stress, fatigue, and hunger are all common causes of headaches, these headaches are often brief and infrequent.
If you suffer from chronic headaches, it could be due to an abnormality or health condition affecting your head or neck. For example, chronic sinus disease (sinusitis) can cause recurring headaches as the inflammation in your sinuses can cause head pain.
Ear infections are another common cause of chronic headaches. While the pain may begin in your ears, it can radiate through your head, neck, and elsewhere in your body. If you have sleep apnea, it may contribute to your headaches, too.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Morin at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus if you have headaches that are interfering with your quality of life.
For example, if you have headaches more than once a week or if your headaches are so severe that they interfere with your work, sleep, or other activities, you should talk to Dr. Morin.
The first step in the effective treatment of headaches is to determine the condition causing them. Dr. Morin provides comprehensive exams and testing at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus to identify the cause of your headaches.
He may order tests such as endoscopy, MRIs, and CT scans to examine your sinuses and other structures in your face, neck, and jaw for abnormalities that could contribute to your headaches.
Dr. Morin takes a whole-patient approach to relieving headaches. He offers multidisciplinary treatments and lifestyle modifications to alleviate your headaches, treat the condition causing them, and improve your health to prevent recurring headaches in the future.
For example, if you have chronic sinusitis that’s causing headaches, Dr. Morin suggests medication to relieve your headache while also providing treatments such as balloon sinuplasty to reduce the chronic inflammation in your sinus cavities.
He may also recommend changes to your diet and supplements to enhance your overall health and reduce inflammation in your sinuses and throughout your body.
You can reduce your risk of headaches by making sure to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake. Make sure to get enough sleep and take steps to manage your stress.
Also, if you start to experience signs of a sinus infection, ear infection, or other illness, get treatment right away to reduce your risk of complications.
If you have frequent or severe headaches that interfere with your quality of life, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or make an appointment online today.