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As many as 45 million Americans suffer from recurrent headaches. In fact, about eight million doctor visits each year are related to headaches, most commonly, acute headaches. Acute headaches are headaches that are caused by an underlying disease or condition and are often extremely painful.
Types of Acute Headaches
A “typical” acute headache can occur in the forehead region, the temples, or the back of the head and neck, and may last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. The different types of headaches include:
The Debilitating Nature of Acute Headaches
Headaches are not only painful, they can, in some cases, be disabling. Other than the severe pain suffered by headache victims, many of those who suffer from headaches may also have the burden of impaired quality of life and financial cost, as well as a predisposition to other illnesses. Repeated acute headaches can bring a constant fear of the next headache, and can damage employment, social life and family life. Those with chronic, acute headaches, may be more likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Treatment for Acute Headaches
Following an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe lifestyle modifications, as well as medications to lessen the pain.
Cervical epidural steroid injections, occipital nerve blocks, sphenopalantine ganglion nerve blocks and other types of medical interventions may also be appropriate, depending on your symptoms.
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