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A new way to put an end to a pounding headache—Free Seminar

Sugar Land, TX - 4/1/2013

More than 45 million Americans suffer chronic, recurring headaches, resulting in medical expenses, lost work time and days spent in pain. Understanding why headaches occur is the first step to controlling them.

Eddie Patton Jr., M.D., neurologist with Methodist Sugar Land Neurology AssociatesEddie Patton Jr., M.D., neurologist with Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates

Eddie L. Patton Jr., M.D., board certified neurologist with Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates, identifies three headache types:

Migraine headaches. The head-banging pain of a migraine is severe, one-sided and throbbing and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound, light or movement. Approximately 70 percent of migraine sufferers are women, so hormone fluctuations are often identified in attacks. Experts believe a migraine occurs within the brain itself, and once the attack begins, pain and other symptoms arise from inflammation. About one in five migraine sufferers experience aura, symptoms that may include vision disturbances; numbness or tingling; and an odd sense of smell or taste.

Tension headaches. Most headaches are related to muscle tension in the neck, back or forehead caused by poor sleep, bad posture, stress or depression. Some experts believe these headaches arise from changing levels of serotonin and endorphins. The steady, dull ache of a tension headache can be mild to moderate.

Cluster headaches. Some people suffer serial headaches that come in clusters, lasting weeks. Cluster headaches tend to be rare, affecting only one percent of the population, mostly men. The intense stabbing pain centers around one temple or eye, which may become inflamed and watery. Most sufferers get one to four headaches a day during a cluster cycle.

Botox: A new treatment option for migraines

“Botox treatments have emerged as a new treatment option for individuals who suffer from chronic migraines,” says Dr. Patton. “This therapeutic option has been shown to decrease the frequency and severity of migraines as well as lower the need for multiple medications to control the headaches. Not just for cosmetic use anymore, this treatment is fairly safe and effective when administered by a specialist trained in its use for medical necessity.”

To learn more about different types of headaches and how to treat them, including the latest Botox treatment option, join us at our free seminar!


Join us for a free Migraine Relief Seminar presented by Dr. Eddie Patton Jr.,Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. located at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. There will be refreshments and door prizes for attendees. Call 281-274-7500 or email SLRSVP@tmhs.org to reserve a seat.