MidState's Headache Center Offers Relief to Patients Throughout Central Connecticut

The MidState Medical Center Headache Center, located in the Hospital's main campus in Meriden, Connecticut, offers patients throughout central Connecticut a comprehensive approach to the treatment of chronic headache pain.

The multidisciplinary team of specialists at MidState's Headache Center can provide you with a unique and holistic approach to managing your headaches. The specially trained neurologists at the Center will utilize a variety of traditional and complementary therapies that allow them to tailor headache treatment to best meet your needs.

Determining Your Headache Triggers

There are many different types of headaches. That's why the specialists at MidState's Headache Center will thoroughly examine your complete medical history, as well as discuss any lifestyle factors that may play a role in the onset of your headaches.

Tension headaches and migraines are two of the most common types of headaches.

A tension headache is usually characterized by pressure, or tightness, around both sides of the head or neck; mild to moderate pain that is steady and does not throb; pain not worsened by activity; pain levels that fluctuate during the headache; and tenderness in the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders.

Migraines, on the other hand, can cause moderate to severe pain worsened by light, noise and/or motion.

Migraines may also cause nausea. They may last for a few hours or several days.

Each type of headache has its own cause, duration, frequency, and severity. Sometimes poor sleep patterns, fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress and hunger can contribute to a headache. Depending upon the type of headache symptoms you are experiencing, the specialists at MidState's Headache Center may recommend a variety of tests, such as blood work, CT scans or MRI scans.

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Comprehensive, Tailored Treatment

The physicians and specialists at MidState Medical Center's Headache Center are committed to providing relief for your headache symptoms through patient-centered treatment. The primary focus is to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. MidState's headache specialists do this by offering you not only traditional treatment for immediate medical needs, but also a broad spectrum of additional supportive therapies. The following treatment options may be recommended as part of your plan of care:

Medications to relieve your symptoms - This includes medications such as Ibuprofen and Imitrex, which are taken for only the short-term to address immediate pain relief.

Medications to relieve nausea - These medications are prescribed only if needed.

Medications to prevent headaches - These medications may be taken by those with frequent headaches to prevent the onset of severe, life-disrupting headaches.

Intravenous therapy - This therapy is sometimes used to treat a very severe headache that does not respond to other treatments. This treatment is performed in MidState's Infusion Center. Occasionally, patients need in-hospital therapy over several days to break severe headaches.

Other treatments - This can include trigger point injections, Botox injections, occipital nerve blocks, physical and occupational therapy, and chiropractic manipulation.

Integrative therapies - Referrals may be made to a variety of integrative therapies that will complement your traditional treatment. This includes yoga, Reiki, Zen Shiatsu, reflexology, guided meditation, aroma therapy, acupuncture, hypnosis, biofeedback, art therapy, music therapy, nutrition therapy, psychological support and naturopathic medicine.

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Make an Appointment with the specialists at MidState's Headache Center

If you have chronic headache pain that affect the quality of your life, you don't have to suffer any longer. The Headache Center at MidState Medical Center is conveniently located in Meriden, CT and offers you comprehensive, customized treatment.

To schedule an appointment with MidState's Headache Center, 203.694.7814. Your first visit will consist of a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history, as well as an examination by one of MidState's neurologists.

NOTE: Please bring your insurance card, physician referral forms (if required), any recent x-rays and appropriate records to your first appointment. Follow-up visits may be needed initially, but will decrease as your treatment progresses.

The goal of the entire team at the MidState Medical Center Headache Center is to help you gain control of your headaches and your life.