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Headache Specialist

Rakesh Chugh, MD

Internal Medicine located in Tinley Park, IL

Headaches are common, but it’s not normal to have frequent or severe ones. If you have recurring headaches or ones that cause severe pain, such as migraines, they can affect your quality of life and keep you from going about your daily activities. Rakesh Chugh, MD provides treatment for adults in Tinley Park, Illinois who have severe or frequent headaches.

Headache Q & A

What are the symptoms of headaches?

Headaches can manifest in different ways. You might have dull pain all over your head that lasts for a few hours or more, or you might have sharper pain that only occurs in one part of your head, such as near your temple or in the back. Headache pain can flare up at certain times or when you move certain ways, such as bending your head down. If you have a migraine, you might have severe pain on one side of your head, along with light sensitivity, nausea, and blurry vision.

What kinds of headaches are there?

When you have headaches, they might be any of the following types:

  • Cluster headaches that occur in patterns and usually cause pain on one side of your head
  • Tension headaches that cause mild discomfort around your head
  • Migraines that cause severe pain last for hours, and usually affect one or both sides of your head
  • Secondary headaches from underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or sinusitis

Why am I getting headaches?

You can get headaches from changes in your brain’s chemical activity or from problems that affect the muscles and nerves in your head and neck. You might also get headaches from certain activities, such as strenuous exercise, or from exposure to certain environments, such as heat. Stress, some foods and drinks, and sleep problems can also trigger headaches. If you have an underlying medical condition, you might get secondary headaches from it. Dr. Chugh will evaluate your headaches and run tests as needed to determine the cause.

When do I need medical care for headaches?

An occasional headache doesn’t usually require any medical attention, but some headaches do need to be evaluated and treated. You should see Dr. Chugh for medical care if you have headaches that frequently occur, headaches that get worse or cause severe pain, or headaches that interfere with your daily activities.

What kind of treatment do I need for headaches?

This depends on the type of headaches you have and what’s causing them. Dr. Chugh might recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches. He’ll also give you advice on steps you can take to reduce headaches, such as limiting caffeine or managing stress.

If you need treatment for headaches, please contact Rakesh Chugh, MD to make an appointment.