Headache & Migraine

Headaches can be quite complex to unravel in the clinical setting. There are over 150 types of headaches, the most popular being the “migraine” – which is often used synonymously with a massive headache.

Acute headaches can be due to serious causes like brain haemorrhages, tumours, infections and inflammations. When a headache presents acutely, it must be taken as a symptom of “something going wrong” in the brain, just like chest pain heralds a heart attack.

Of the recurrent headaches with no acute cause:

Tension Vascular Headaches are most common in young people and present as a tight band affecting the forehead and temples.

Migraine headaches usually start on one side and then generalise. They are accompanied by sensitivity to light, noise, or smells, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, and upset stomach or belly pain. Migraine headaches often have warnings (auras) and may present with complex symptoms like vertigo, diplopia (double vision) and paralysis.

Cluster headaches are the most intense headaches that often wake one up from sleep and appear in “clusters”- periods of intense pain followed by pain free periods. You could have intense burning or piercing pain behind or around one eye. It can be throbbing or constant. The pain can be so bad that most people with cluster headaches can’t sit still and will often pace about during an attack. Other than the piercing pain, the eyelids droop, the eyes redden, the pupils get smaller, and/or the eyes get teary. Further, the nostril on that side runs or stuffs up.

Sinus headaches are generally a deep and constant pain in your cheekbones, forehead, or on the bridge of your nose. They happen when sinus cavities in your head get inflamed. The pain usually comes along with other sinus symptoms, like a runny nose, fullness in the ears, fever, and a swollen face.

At Buddhi Clinic we assess your headache in detail, before we proceed to address it thoroughly. We study its character and we subtype it clinically. We look for comorbidities, risk factors & triggers – from what you eat, to factors in your lifestyle (sleep, posture at work, driving) to drug response, we study each aspect thoroughly.
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Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of migraines tend to occur in stages:

Before the headache: According to older research, around 20–60% of people experience symptoms that start hours, or possibly days, before the headache. These include physical and sensory symptoms, such as aura.

During the headache: Alongside a mild to severe throbbing or pulsing headache, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and nasal congestion.

Resolution: Tiredness and irritability may last another 2 days, and this period is sometimes called the “migraine hangover.”
Headaches and migraines are characterised by:
Chronic Daily Headaches present 15 days or more a month for longer than 3 months. Some are short, and others last more than 4 hours. It’s usually one of the four types of primary headache:


While the diagnosis is clinical, at Buddhi Clinic we use a combination of brain imaging, electrophysiology and blood tests to rule out reversible causes or other contributing factors. We also prescribe a thorough pre-rehabilitation assessment including an evaluation for co-morbidities (associated conditions) which will be required in all instances. At Buddhi Clinic our assessment includes standard outcome indicators for activities of daily life, quality of life, neuro-disability and mental health.
Some of the symptoms we look out for are:


Once diagnosed, we treat your headache comprehensively- relieving muscular spasm, improving your posture, lifestyle and diet, and promoting relaxation & stress alleviation. Our holistic interventions (from ayurveda & naturopathy) clear the sinuses, relieve allergies and muscle spasms in the head and neck – two chronic headache contributors. Our remarkable headache success stories have included two sceptical doctors working abroad in the UK & Australia respectively. Tired of your headache? Perhaps it’s time you got in touch with us!
At Buddhi Clinic we analyze intellect, seizures and behaviour in tandem. Our Buddhi Clinic program addresses a gamut of problems – seizures, mood swings, acting out behaviors, delayed self-help skills, problems with emotional expression & socialization, etc. Apart from medication that enhances attention and memory, and improves overall behavioural issues, we have available a range of memory enhancement procedures including –
To learn more, please read our story of how to manage Intellectual Disabilities in The Buddhi Book. Patients with intellectual disabilities may also present additional problems, like seizures and behavioral dysfunction in about 50% of cases. At Buddhi Clinic we analyze intellect, seizures and behavior in tandem. Our Buddhi Clinic program addresses a wide range of problems like seizures, mood swings, acting out behaviors, delayed self-help skills, problems with emotional expression & socialization.

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