Migraine and Chronic Headache Treatment in Napa and Benicia
Urgent Care and TeleHealth
Occupational Medicine & Urgent Care located in Napa, CA & Benicia, CA
Suffering from Headaches?
Everyone gets a headache once in a while. But if you get headaches several times each week or almost every day, you could have chronic headaches or migraines.
When you experience this pain a lot, you might wonder what’s wrong and worry about how serious it is. Fortunately, our doctors and care providers at Urgent Care + TeleHealth can diagnose the causes of chronic headaches and migraines and provide you with treatment and relief from headache pain.
Easy Appointments and Less Expensive Treatment
We know that seeing a doctor can itself sometimes be a headache. It’s often hard to get appointments with your primary care doctor and hard for many of us to take time off work during the week. At Urgent Care + TeleHealth, our goal is to make it easy and affordable for you to get healthcare.
Visiting an Urgent Care clinic is generally much less expensive than visiting an Emergency Room. We accept most PPO insurance plans and offer a discount for self-pay HSA/FSA use.
Weekend Hours, Online Appointments and Walk-Ins
We offer online appointments, and are open on weekends/holidays, take most health insurance and even accept walk-ins without appointments. Urgent Care costs are usually a fraction of an Emergency Room.
Clinics Managed by Emergency Medicine Physician with Over 20 Years Experience
Our clinics are led by Dr. Ian Ahwah, an emergency medicine physician who has over 20 years of experience working in Urgent Care and in area Emergency Rooms treating patients.
If you live in or around Napa or Benicia, our two clinics are available for you and we look forward to helping you feel better – fast.
Urgent Care + TeleHealth Takes Insurance
We accept many public and private health insurance plans at Urgent Care + TeleHealth. The insurance plans we accept include:
- Champus VA
- Most Worker’s Compensation Plans
We also welcome cash-pay patients at Urgent Care + TeleHealth. If you have an HSA or FSA plan, let us know as we offer discounts for patients on high deductible plans..
To make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment of chronic headaches and migraines, contact us at Urgent Care + TeleHealth today.
What Are the Common Kinds of Headaches?
There are two common kinds of headaches: primary headaches and secondary headaches.
- Primary headaches are the main cause of your problem. The pain originates in your head.
- Secondary headaches occur as a result of some other condition. For example, infection with a virus or high blood pressure could cause a secondary headache.
What Are the Four Varieties of Headaches?
Headaches are different in where they hurt, how intense they are, how long they last and how frequently you get them. When you get a headache, the inflamed blood vessels irritate nerves, which send pain messages to your brain. There are four main varieties of headache, including migraine, tension, cluster, and hypnic.
Please read below for more information about headache diagnosis and treatment or give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Four Types of Headaches
Migraine headaches may last for several days. They often start with visual disturbances, such as auras or flashes of light. You may feel extremely sensitive to bright lights or sounds above a whisper. Migraines are often accompanied by an upset stomach and loss of appetite. The pain feels like an intense throbbing sensation.
Tension headaches hurt in a ring around your head, such as where the band of a hat sits. They feel like squeezing or pressure all around your head. They last from a few hours to several days. Tension headaches and migraines can trigger each other.
A cluster headache lasts for a short time, ranging from 20 minutes to a couple of hours. They’re one-sided. They often come with other symptoms, such as a clogged nostril or droopy eyelid on the same side as the pain.
Hypnic headaches happen at nighttime and last for 15 minutes to several hours. They’re not associated with other symptoms. They cause pain all over your head.
I Often Have Headaches. What Are Some Home Remedies I Can Try?
You can try several home remedies to relieve your headache pain. Cold packs reduce inflammation. Apply it to the area that hurts for 15 minutes, then take a break for 15 minutes. Tension headaches often respond to hot packs, such as a warmed towel. Dim the lights. If you have something tight on or around your head, such as a ponytail or face mask, loosen or remove it. Try to avoid chewing when you have a headache. Stay hydrated, and try a cup of coffee or black tea. The caffeine may lessen your headache symptoms. Add some freshly grated ginger to your tea. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce headache pain. Self-care may also help. Try massage, meditation, breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen sodium may provide you with relief from headache pain.
How Can Urgent Care + TeleHealth Help With My Headaches?
At Urgent Care + TeleHealth, we have two clinics in Benicia and Napa. Our medical providers can prescribe medications that help control or eliminate headache symptoms. Many of these medications decrease headache frequency and severity. We may also suggest that you keep a headache journal. This helps us determine if your headaches follow a pattern, such as occurring after you eat a particular food or engage in a certain activity. We’ll ask you a lot of questions, such as how long your symptoms last, if anything makes your headache better or worse, and the type and location of your head pain. Our providers also perform a physical and a neurological exam to see if your symptoms are more likely to be caused by something else, such as high blood pressure, infection, withdrawal from medicines, stress, or head/neck injury.
How Does a Doctor Diagnose Causes of Headaches?
When you come into Urgent Care + TeleHealth for help with chronic headaches, our providers will take your medical history, vital signs. We’ll ask you if anyone else in your family also suffers from headaches. You may need lab or imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computerized tomography (CT) scan, which can detect problems in the brain and spinal cord. Imaging tests help our doctors diagnose conditions that cause headaches, such as infections of the brain, an aneurysm, stroke, tumor or fluid or bleeding in the brain. Labs tests would check for metabolic abnormalities that can result in headaches.