Headaches: when to see a specialist

Woman with headache

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) It’s not uncommon to experience a headache or two during the busy holiday season. It’s important to know what’s a temporary condition or if it’s time to see a specialist. Dr. Jared Pomeroy is a neurologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group who specializes in headache disorders.

Headaches commonly seen by headache specialists:

  • Tension and Migraine headaches
  • Medication overuse headaches
  • Cluster headaches

You may need to seek emergency medical attention for your headache if it is new and severe and happens suddenly, is worse than you have ever experienced before, is accompanied by a stiff neck and fever or shortness of breath, accompanied by new neurological symptoms, or follows a head injury.

To avoid headaches, take care to live a healthy lifestyle including maintaining a healthy diet, exercising (especially yoga), and monitor medication use and frequency. It’s also important to identify and avoid headache triggers.

Spectrum Health Medical Group – Neurology
2750 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 267-7104

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