When Should You See A Doctor For Your Chronic Headaches?
How do you know when you need to see a doctor for your headaches? Dr. Ki S. Jung, a neurologist at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates, explains that you need to see a neurologist if you have changes in the characteristics of your headache.
Here are a few. If your headaches become more severe, if new associated symptoms become present, or if the duration changes, it may be time to schedule an appointment. Additionally, you may want to see a neurologist if you’re above the age of 50 and rarely get headaches but begin to experience them frequently.
“It can be extremely difficult to tell if there’s something more serious going on when someone has severe headaches,” Dr. Jung said. “This is why it is important to speak up and discuss your symptoms with your doctor or neurologist about your headaches.”
There are specific characteristics about migraines and severe headaches that can help your neurologist make a clear diagnosis. For example, hormone therapy can trigger or worsen headaches, and other times it may help reduce the frequency of headaches. If this is the case, there are a variety of medications available for treatment. You can also use holistic therapies, such as vitamin supplements, acupuncture, exercise, and lifestyle modifications to decrease the head pain.
Dr. Ki S. Jung is board-certified and a fellowship-trained neurologist with more than 18 years of experience helping patients with neurological disorders. Dr. Jung now offers neurology services and neuro-diagnostic testing in the Huntersville location of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.
Dr. Jung also helps patients who need treatment or testing related to headaches, stroke, dementia, seizures, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and neuromuscular diseases. He offers neuro-diagnostic testing including EMG/NCS and EEG.
If you are suffering from chronic, severe, or unexplained headaches, schedule an appointment with us.
Please call the Huntersville office at 704-831-4145 or fax a referral to 704-831-4143 to make an appointment or to submit a referral for any diagnostic testing. (A prior neurological consultation is not required to have an EEG, EMG/NCS.)