Finding the appropriate treatment for headaches requires accurate diagnosis. Although the majority of people may self-diagnose, it is crucial to go to Garden State Orofacial Pain for a correct diagnosis. Dr. Ananthan is aware that headaches may happen frequently, which is why a diagnosis is necessary to develop an effective treatment strategy.
Each treatment strategy may differ based on the type of headache. Finding relief from symptoms when frequent or recurrent headaches are present depends on accurate diagnosis. Establishing a long-term and short-term therapy plan also helps.
A headache may also be a sign of a more serious medical condition that needs additional care. A thorough and precise history of symptoms and characteristics is useful in identifying the different forms of headaches. Dr. Ananthan may inquire about the symptoms and characteristics of the headache, such as:
- An explanation of the kind of pain and its location
- The level of discomfort on a scale from 1 to 10.
- The time period during which discomfort persists.
- How frequently headaches occur.
- A headache being prevented by a trigger, such as a circumstance, food, activity, or medicine.
- Any accompanying symptoms, such as sensitivity to light and/or sound, queasy feeling, or weakness.
- Does anyone else suffer headaches in your family?
- When did you initially start having headaches like this?
- Do you ever get different-feeling migraines or distinct kinds of headaches?
Additionally, a physical or neurological examination is required to look for any indications of an underlying issue, such as:
- Difficulty with balance
- Anomalies in vision
- Elevated blood pressure
- Fatigue or weakened muscles
- Harm to the brain or injuries
Dr. Ananthan will work with a neurologist to manage the headache once a diagnosis has been made, when appropriate Together, we can rule out or confirm potential reasons, and occasionally we can utilize diagnostic tools like an MRI to provide pictures of the brain that a radiologist can use to visualize the soft tissues inside the skull. The source of a headache might be able to be determined with the help of an MRI.
It is crucial to seek additional care to get a thorough diagnosis because there are numerous types of headaches and numerous potential causes. Before creating a treatment plan, the majority of headache sufferers may not need a plethora of involved diagnostic tests, but this is where accurate diagnosis comes into play.
To find out more about the following steps required for a correct headache diagnosis, get in touch with Garden State Orofacial Pain.