Headaches

Headache & Migraine Experts in Irving, Texas

You probably know someone who gets migraines, or you may experience the often extreme pain of a migraine headache yourself. There are more than 150 different types of headaches, and if you’re struggling with any of them, the team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, can help. 

The practice excels at using conservative treatments for complex chronic pain conditions, so give the clinic a call today or book an appointment online.

Ask the Doctor

Most everyday headaches are caused by familiar triggers such as tension, such as tension headaches (when stress makes you tense the muscles in your head and neck), mild dehydration, or as a symptom of an infection like a cold or flu.

For tension headaches, the symptoms are usually pain and tightness around the head, like a band. Some headaches radiate from the back of your neck (cervicogenic headaches), while others develop because of irritated nerves in the back of your skull (occipital nerve headaches).

Headaches all cause pain of some description in your head or face, but the nature of the pain varies according to the kind of headache you have. Sinus headaches cause an intense, ice-pick type pain in the front of your face, while irritation of the occipital nerve causes pain near the eye, for example.

Cervicogenic headaches develop because of pain coming from your neck. Symptoms can include one-sided head or facial pain that’s typically deep or throbbing, and you may have a stiff neck as well.

During a migraine headache, you may experience sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, or touch. Nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, or lightheadedness can also occur. Many people who get migraines also experience auras, which are flashing lights or spots in front of their eyes, tunnel vision or loss of vision, or numbness or tingling in the hands,. Learn more about how to treat migraines at home in our BLOG article.

Most types of headaches respond well to medications. The team at Southwest Pain Management also uses injectable treatments, including:

Occipital nerve block
The occipital nerve is at the base of your skull and extends up to the back of your head. Patients experiencing occipital neuralgia headaches, cervical arthritis, or myofascial pain in their necks may benefit from an occipital nerve block injection.

Sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block
An SPG block is a quick, minimally invasive procedure in which your provider at Southwest Pain Management introduces a local anesthetic into your nasal passages.

This involves placing a very thin plastic tube called a catheter into your nose to insert numbing medication in and around the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), which is a cluster of nerves inside your head. Pain relief lasts anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

Botox® injections
Medical Botox injections are an effective, FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines that are resistant to conservative treatments. This treatment covered by most insurances.

Before trying Botox, the team at Southwest Pain Management tries traditional treatments, including medications, occipital nerve blocks, SPG blocks, and supraorbital nerve blocks.

Find out more about effective headache treatment by calling Southwest Pain Management today or booking an appointment online.​

Posts from the Experts

Back Pain
Dr. Groysman

Gardening With Back Pain

Now that spring flowers are starting to bloom here in Texas, it more important than ever, to be able to enjoy gardening in a way

Read More »
Disuse Syndrome
Joint Pain
Dr. Groysman

Disuse Syndrome

Use it or lose it. If you suffer from any type of chronic pain, you are at risk for developing a physical “disuse” syndrome.  You

Read More »
Back Pain
Southwest Pain Management

How’s Your Posture?

How many times have you heard your mother say, “stand up straight!”. She was talking about your posture.   It is common knowledge that not only

Read More »
Back Pain
Southwest Pain Management

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease or DDD is not really a disease despite its name. It is catch-all description to those with spine disc problems. It is

Read More »
Back Pain
Southwest Pain Management

Is Pain Keeping You Awake?

Can having sleepless nights worsen pain?  The short answer is yes, insomnia can increase stress and worsen pain in those who suffer from chronic pain. 

Read More »