Headache

David M. Mitzner, DO -  - Aesthetics Specialist

David M. Mitzner, DO

Aesthetics Specialist & Primary Care Physician located in Temecula, CA

No one escapes the pain and inconvenience of the occasional headache, but if your headaches are occurring frequently or give you severe pain, you should find out what’s causing the problem. David M. Mitzner, DO, is a highly qualified primary care physician serving the community of Temecula, California, who has considerable experience in diagnosing and treating headaches. If headaches are disrupting your life, call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today or book an appointment online.

Headache Q & A

Why do I get headaches?

Headaches occur when nerves in the blood vessels and muscles in your head send pain signals to your brain. Although it’s known that the nerves are triggering the pain, it’s not always clear why the nerves send out these signals in the first place. There are known causal factors for headaches, which include:

Injuries

Hitting your head is almost certainly going to cause pain and leave you with a headache. If you do knock your head and have any symptoms of concussion, or you lose consciousness even for a short time, you should get yourself checked out at David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. to make sure there’s no internal bleeding.

Sickness

Having a cold, the flu or other bacterial and viral infections are common times to get a headache. It’s likely that, in most cases, the pain is a result of inflammation in the soft tissues that causes pressure to build up.

Stress

Your body’s reaction to stress is to release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, preparing you for a flight or fight response to whatever’s causing your stress. Chronic stress causes a buildup of these hormones, one of the symptoms of which is headaches.

Stress is also responsible for problems like eating and sleeping poorly or consuming too much alcohol, all of which can cause headaches. Stress makes you tense in the neck and shoulder muscles too, another common cause of headaches.

Environmental causes

There are factors in your environment that can cause headaches, such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Pollution
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • Changes in barometric pressure

Many people also get headaches when exposed to allergens in the environment.

Dehydration

It’s surprising how often a headache comes on simply due to mild dehydration. If you’re not drinking enough water each day, you could be prone to headaches, as well as feeling tired and sleepy.

Do I need to worry if I have a headache?

Everyone suffers from headaches now and again, and most often they pass within a few hours or a day. Infrequent, temporary headaches aren’t generally a cause for concern, and if you know for example that you’ve cricked your neck, are under stress, or are feeling unwell, a headache is a fairly typical symptom.

Many people use over-the-counter medications to ease headache pain, and these generally work well for the odd mild headache. If your headaches are happening frequently, or the pain is severe, you should go for a checkup with Dr. Mitzner.

What treatments are available for headaches?

Treatment for your headaches depends on what’s causing them. Once he identifies a cause, Dr. Mitzner can treat the underlying condition if there is one, thereby relieving the pain. He can also prescribe effective treatments for persistent headaches.

Prescription medications may help; for example, decongestants if you have a respiratory infection. Other possible treatments include:

  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)
  • Biofeedback and relaxation
  • Acupuncture
  • Deep breathing and visualization exercises
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Electrical and magnetic pulse technologies

If you’re having problems with headaches, call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.