Headache Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

Headaches are so common that nearly everyone has one sometimes. But, for many men and women today, headaches can not just be a pain — they can be nearly disabling. At Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia, expert physician Stephen M. Herman, MD, diagnoses your type of headache and creates a personalized treatment solution just for you. Use the online appointment maker or call the office to schedule help for your headaches now.

Headache Q & A

What are the different types of headaches?

There are many different types of headaches, but the most common are:

Stress headaches

Stress headaches, also called tension headaches, are the most commonly occurring type of headache. Stress headaches cause a dull ache and pressure in your skull and can also cause sore neck and shoulder muscles.

Migraine headaches

There are two main types of migraine headaches: migraine with aura and migraines without aura. An aura is a visual disturbance such as flashing lights, blind spots, or stars. Auras are a warning that a migraine is coming, and they usually last for less than 30 minutes, and then the migraine sets in.

Migraines cause major head pain, usually on one side of your head. Often, migraines also cause light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause serious pain, like a relentless stabbing around the eyes. This type of headache may plague you daily or near-daily for months, and then go away for a long period.

Regardless of which kind of headache you're suffering from, you need an effective diagnosis to get relief.

How are headaches diagnosed?

First, Dr. Herman gets all the important details about your headaches, including:

  • Pain intensity
  • Pain location
  • Pain description
  • Pain duration

With these details and a comprehensive exam, Dr. Herman may be able to diagnose your type of headache right away. In some cases, particularly if your headaches are severe or have unusual characteristics, you may need an MRI or CT scan to rule out causes like brain tumors.

How are headaches treated?

Dr. Herman customizes headache treatment for your type of headache and your symptoms.

For stress headaches, Dr. Herman may prescribe medications like ibuprofen or a combination drug that includes aspirin or acetaminophen along with caffeine. You may take a preventive medication daily.

For migraine headaches, treatment may include oral medications, nasal sprays, or injected medications. You may also need a daily oral migraine prevention drug.

For cluster headaches, your treatment plan will typically include medicine to take during the headaches and daily drugs like calcium channel blockers to stop the cluster headache cycle.

Don't let headaches keep you from enjoying life. Schedule your headache evaluation at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC through the online appointment maker or by phone now.