Headache Specialist

Ignatius Medani, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine

Ignatius Medani, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Federal Way, WA

Headaches are the most frequently occurring kind of pain. Whether you’re dealing with occasional headaches or near-daily ones, there’s no reason to keep suffering. At Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine in Federal Way, Washington, experienced internal medicine physician Ignatius Medani, MD, determines why you’re having headaches and then starts your treatment right away. Don’t let headaches keep hurting you; use online booking or call the office for your appointment now.

Headache Q & A

What are tension headaches?

Most headache sufferers have tension headaches. This type of a headache usually feels like pressure and pain in the forehead, sides of your head, and back of your skull. If you have tension headaches, you may also experience muscle soreness in your neck and shoulder.

What are migraines?

Migraines are intensely painful headaches that often cause pulsing pain on one side, just behind your eye. Many migraine sufferers also have nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.

Some migraine sufferers also have auras, visual or audio distortions that occur shortly before the migraine onset. If you have migraines, you may have symptoms for hours or days at a time.

What are cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches are excruciatingly painful headaches that also cause a burning sensation. They're known as the most painful kind of a headache. Usually, cluster headaches happen on one side as migraines do. Often, you'll get congested and have a watery eye on the side where you have a cluster headache.

Cluster headaches happen in series. The headaches may happen several times a day, and they may happen every day for long stretches of time. If you have cluster headaches, you might have months of daily symptoms, and then go for an equal number of months without any headaches at all.

How are headaches treated?

Headache treatment depends on the type of headache(s) you have and on what kind of issues it's causing. For tension headaches, Dr. Medani can help you make some changes to avoid your headache triggers. This may include things like more sleep and less stress. You may also need either over-the-counter medication or prescription medication.

For migraine headaches, you can make changes to help you avoid triggers. Some common triggers can include alcohol, stress, and aged cheeses. Dr. Medani can prescribe as-needed medication, preventive medication, or both to greatly reduce the frequency of your migraines.

Cluster headache treatment usually includes preventive medication. Some of the options may include corticosteroids, verapamil, topiramate, and gabapentin. You may also need medicine to take as-needed when your cluster headaches start.

Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine can help with your headaches, so book your appointment through the online tool or call the office today.