If you’ve been suffering severe, ongoing headaches, it may be a good idea to see a specialist doctor for headache treatment. However, if you go online and search for “headache doctor,” you may come across information that isn’t entirely accurate.

What Kind of Doctor Do I See for Headaches?

Although many different types of doctors can try to treat headaches, few of them have the specialized training necessary to focus on headache care. In fact, only one type of doctor is known to have the most in-depth understanding of headaches, why they occur, and how to treat them.

That doctor is a neurologist.

This is a doctor who specializes in the disorders of the nerves and the nervous system. That includes all the nerves running throughout the body, the brain and the spinal cord. All of these systems work together to carry electrical impulses back and forth to and from the brain.

Headaches come in many forms and can be caused by a variety of underlying problems. In the long run, however, virtually all of these have to do with a disruption of the usual pattern of nervous function. A neurologist is specially equipped to get to the root of the problem.

When to See a Doctor for Headaches

Almost everyone experiences headaches now and then. However, some headaches are very severe or last for an extended period. Because mild headaches are frequent, many people don’t seek treatment until their condition deteriorates.

There is no need to wait! The sooner you get a complete diagnosis and treatment, the better.

If you’ve rarely had headaches in the past but start to experience them regularly for two weeks or more, seeing a doctor is a good idea. You should also see a doctor if headaches of any severity or duration last for two months or more – even if they are not much “worse” than you are used to.

Finally, get prompt medical attention if you start to experience headaches that are so painful they are debilitating or have symptoms that make it difficult for you to function at work or home. For example, headaches accompanied by eyesight problems should be investigated right away.

National Headache Institute Can Help

Dr. Payman Sadeghi, an experienced and highly educated neurologist, founded National Headache Institute. He recognized there was no cohesive, evidence-backed protocol for diagnosing and treating chronic headache pain for either headache or migraine patients.

Over the last several years, Dr. Sadeghi has assembled a team of the foremost headache care leaders. From three locations nationwide, National Headache Institute is the paragon of care for anyone who wants to experience headache relief.

To learn more, contact us.