Headache Specialist

Schaumburg Immediate Care

Family Medicine & Immediate Care located in Schaumburg, IL

According to the World Health Organization, about one in seven adults experience a headache every day. For occasional headaches or chronic headaches, see the team at Schaumburg Immediate Care in Schaumburg, Illinois. The team is trained to diagnose and treat all types of headaches so you can get the relief you need as quickly as possible. Visit the office today by scheduling a visit online, by phone, or simply walk in.

Headache

What are the signs of a headache?

Headaches are characterized by pain in the head, scalp, face, and neck. In most cases, headaches present with specific pain patterns and may be accompanied by additional symptoms, including:

  • Eye strain or discomfort
  • Jaw pain
  • Numbness and tingling in the face or jaw
  • Numbness or pain in the arm or hand
  • Stiff neck
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Pain or stiffness in the shoulders

Headache pain may be one-sided or occur on specific points on your head. The most common sensations you may feel with a headache include throbbing, pulsing, and stabbing pain.

What causes a headache?

There are a wide range of headache causes, some of which can be avoided through healthy lifestyle activities, while other types of headaches may be caused by hormonal changes or your body’s pain signaling pathways in the brain.

Common headache triggers include:

  • Certain foods, including dairy, MSG, and alcohol
  • Excess caffeine intake or caffeine withdrawal
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Weather changes, especially barometric pressure changes
  • Irregular sleep cycle
  • Hormonal fluctuations

Certain types of headaches may be caused by other medical conditions. In these cases, these headaches are considered secondary to the primary medical condition. The Schaumburg Immediate Care providers can determine if you’re experiencing a primary or secondary headache and what type of treatment is best for your needs.

Are there different types of headaches?

Yes, there are many different headaches that present with specific pain patterns and accompanying symptoms. Common types of headaches include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Exertional headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines
  • Hypertension headaches
  • Rebound headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Post-traumatic headaches

The Schaumburg Immediate Care providers offer treatment for all types of headaches and can provide referrals to specialists when needed.

How are headaches treated?

Treatment for your headache depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your headache. The providers begin your visit with a consultation and an exam to determine your diagnosis and rule out potential complications that may require referral to a specialist.

For general headaches, your providers may recommend over-the-counter pain medications to relieve your discomfort, in addition to at-home care instructions, such as neck stretches or using an ice pack. You may need prescription medications — such as antibiotics or antivirals — if your headache is caused by an infection. Prescription pain medications are available for severe headaches, if needed.

Stop the pain and get relief from your headache by visiting Schaumburg Immediate Care. You can walk in or schedule an appointment by phone or the online tool.