The Agape Headache Center
The goal of our team is to provide timely diagnosis, treatment, education and satisfaction to our patients. Diagnostic testing, if necessary, is prompt. When appropriate, new and approved treatment for chronic migraine, including intravenous and intramuscular treatment, is offered. Occipital Nerve Blocks has been approved for occipital neuralgia and is available, Dr. Annie Lincoln is the only neurologist in Lubbock, Texas, that offers this management strategy.
At your initial visit, we will gather information regarding your headache, medical history, family history and diagnostic tests. If you have been seen previously by other physicians regarding your headache, please bring your medical records and a copy of the report regarding previous diagnostic imaging. We will discuss your type of headache, diagnostic workup, possible triggers, diet, exercise and treatment goals. Some patients find it beneficial to have a list of questions and concerns to be discussed at your appointment.
Different Types of Headaches
This type of headache is usually located to one side of the head. Some patients can experience an aura like flashing lights, waterfall vision, lines or dots. Patients can experience symptoms such as slurring speech, numbness, tingling or weakness. These symptoms are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting, light or noise sensitivity and odor sensitivity.
These usually occur in men more than women. Cluster headaches are severe in nature, stabbing or sharp, lasting 10-15 minutes at a time. They are on one side and associated with rhinorrhea or nasal congestion, tearing, eyelid drooping and miosis. These headaches come in clusters and may resolve without recurrence for months or years.
Medication Overuse headache
This headache can occur with frequent use of medication used to treat a headache, such as acetaminophen, caffeine containing products, triptans and ergotamines. Use these products no more than twice weekly.
This type of headache can be chronic with pain usually to the posterior head, neck and frontal region. Spasms are often noted with this headache as well. This headache usually lacks the features of a migraine although they can sometimes be superimposed. Headaches can also be the symptom of an underlying problem such as tumors, hemorrhage, vascular abnormalities such as aneurysms, ocular disorders, inflammatory processes like temporal arteritis or other disorders. This is where a thorough neurological exam is most important.
Treatment of Headaches
Medications taken when the headache begins: triptans, ergotamines, steroids, NSAIDs and over the counter preparations.
Medications taken to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks: antidepressants, beta-blockers, antiepileptics and recently approved Botox.
There is little information or few random controlled trials on the use of supplements and herbal preparations. Some used in the treatment of migraine are: magnesium, riboflavin, CoQ10, feverfew, and butterbur root.
- Make sure to eat three meals a day.
- Set realistic goals daily to avoid stress.
- Get enough sleep but not too much as this can trigger a headache as well.
- Try to incorporate some sort of exercise on a regular basis.