Headaches: An Introduction

Left untreated chronic recurrent headaches can destroy lives.

Headaches are the most common pain syndrome in America. They are the second largest cause of lost productivity complaint of pain among all Americans, but the number one cause of pain related disability among those under the age of 40. Despite this they are among the most undertreated of all the types of chronic pain. Patients with incapacitating chronic headache syndrome are often ignored or treated as malingerers. How many times has someone told you, “It’s just a headache, get over it”? You won’t hear that at Schlesinger Pain Centers. We understand that left untreated chronic recurrent headaches can destroy lives. They are also a leading cause of iatrogenic prescription drug addiction. This is because most physicians treat relatively few patients with severe recurrent headaches. They may lack the experience to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe a specific and effective treatment regimen.

No Condition I treat seems to be accompanied by this intense sense of hopelessness, including cancer. These are people who have been shuffled from office to office, year after year, without an accurate diagnosis being made or effective treatment prescribed. Many have lost friends and jobs. Some have been shunned by coworkers and family. A large number of them have even begun to doubt their own sanity.

With proper therapy, the treatment of headaches can be one of the most rewarding things that I do.

But headache patients are also among the most rewarding patients to treat. It seems that if an accurate diagnosis can be made, their mood improves markedly. They understand that they were not crazy after all and that while we may not be able to eliminate the headaches, that there are a number of things that we can do to limit the severity and the frequency of their attacks.

Headache Syndromes

  • Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Chronic Daily Headaches
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Rebound Headaches
  • Tension Headaches
  • Transform Migraines

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