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Headaches Specialist

Habib Khan, MD -  - Neurology

Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography

Habib Khan, MD

Neurology located in Casa Grande, AZ

When your head hurts more days than not, and you’ve also got symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, you may be experiencing more than a simple headache. Dr. Habib Khan is a board-certified neurologist who leads the team at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona. You can rely on Dr. Khan to diagnose the reason for your headache and develop a personalized treatment strategy that helps relieve your pain. Schedule your appointment today.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Most people have headaches occasionally that are related to tension and stress caused by short deadlines, fussy children, or demanding bosses.

When you begin to experience headaches more than twice a week or develop head pain that’s different than your usual, however, the cause may be related to nerve issues such as:

  • Occipital neuralgia, which can cause shooting pain running up the two greater occipital nerves that travel from your upper neck through the muscles at the back of your head, one on each side, and forward along your scalp
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, which is a chronic pain disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face and can cause aching, throbbing, stabbing pain in areas of the face, including the forehead
  • Benign intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), a condition that occurs when intracranial pressure inside your head increases for no apparent reason.

Interestingly, using headache pain relievers too frequently or at too high a dose can also trigger severe “rebound” headaches.

How is a migraine different than other headaches?

The location and characteristics of migraine pain are different than other types of headaches. A tension headache, for instance, typically causes aching pain with pressure across your forehead or sides and back of your head. Individuals often report feeling as if a band is tightening around their head.

Migraine headaches cause severe pulsing or throbbing pain that often occurs on just one side of your head. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound when you have a migraine.

Some individuals develop symptoms that occur right before or during the headache, which are known as migraine aura and may include wavy flashes of light in your vision or numbness and tingling in your face.

What is the treatment for frequent headaches?

As always at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography, treatment for your headaches begins with a thorough evaluation that helps identify the underlying cause of your pain. This may include nerve conduction studies, radiographic imaging such as MRI or CT scan, and other diagnostic tests.

Dr. Khan can then create individualized treatment strategies that are tailored to your specific needs and help ensure the best possible outcome.

Schedule your appointment today for relief from your headaches.