You don’t have to live with your migraines or other headaches. At Lyon Primary Care in Midtown, New York, NY, we offer treatments that give you real relief from your pain. Our family medicine specialist, Valerie Lyon, M.D., starts with identifying the type of headaches you’re having and then creates a personalized treatment plan that can relieve your symptoms and may even prevent future headaches. If need be, she can refer you to a highly respected migraine specialist for further treatment. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lyon.
The causes of your headaches are as varied as the headaches themselves. Some are related to stress, lack of sleep, or poor posture — others may be related to certain forms of exercise, specific food additives, or skipping meals. It’s believed that migraines may be caused by genetics, environmental factors, or chemical imbalances in the brain.
We classify headaches as primary or secondary headaches. Primary headaches include:
Secondary headaches are related to various underlying medical conditions, such as:
We carefully review the characteristics of your headaches to help identify the headache type and create an effective treatment plan. In certain cases, this includes referring you to a headache specialist. You can help us form a more complete picture of your headaches by keeping a record (headache diary) which includes the date and time they occur, how long they last, and the symptoms you experience before, during, and after a headache.
Migraine symptoms, for instance, often include:
You may also experience symptoms before and after your migraine, which can include:
The most common type of headache is a tension headache, which may cause:
Effective treatment typically depends on the type of headache you’re having as well as the frequency of your headaches. We start with a physical examination and in-depth review of your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors that may be connected to your headaches. We might also ask you to keep a diary of your symptoms.
Your headache care plan may include:
Call our office today to schedule an appointment.