The migraine and headache services at our Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness focus on improving the quality of life of individuals with migraine and other disabling headaches. If you suffer from chronic headaches, you'll be relieved to know that effective options exist for prevention, treatment and pain management.

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we treat a variety of headache types, including tension, sinus, rebound, cluster and migraines. Our team of experts works with you to:

  • Identify triggers and reduce risks
  • Anticipate an episode so you can take preventive action
  • Learn pain management techniques
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of headaches so you can focus on your regular activities

Advances in Research & Treatment

We're committed to translating the latest research findings into practical therapies for you. Diagnostic and treatment options, tailored to your diagnosis and needs, include:

  • Adjustments to your lifestyle, behavior, nutrition or environment
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Referral for Botox® injections
  • Holistic integrative care services, such as biofeedback, massage therapy and Reiki

Help for Chronic Headaches

Headaches or unusual migraine symptoms may indicate the need for medical attention. Even if nothing turns out to be wrong, you're wise to seek help if you experience:

  • More than the occasional headache
  • Severe headaches or those that appear without warning
  • Headache with symptoms not previously discussed with your doctor, such as confusion, dizziness, fever, numbness, persistent vomiting, shortness of breath, slurred speech, stiff neck, unrelenting diarrhea, vision loss, weakness or unpredicted symptoms affecting ears, nose, throat or eyes
  • Persistent headache, which gets worse or won't stop
  • Headache that interferes with your normal daily activities
  • Taking pain relievers more than two days a week
  • Recommended doses for over-the-counter medications are inadequate
  • Headache resulting from coughing, sneezing, bending over or sexual activity
  • Headache that continues or began after a head injury or other trauma
  • Unusual—for you—headache characteristics
  • Changed symptoms leading up to your migraine

When to Seek Immediate Help

Seek immediate help or go to an emergency room if you're having:

  • "The worst headache ever"
  • Your worst migraine ever
  • Headache with unresolved loss of vision, uncontrollable vomiting or loss of consciousness
  • Headache pain lasting longer than 72 hours with less than a solid four-hour pain-free period while awake
  • Headache or migraine with symptoms that are unusual or frightening for you

Learn more about chronic headaches in our online Headache Center.