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What kind of Headache do you suffer from?

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Posted on 07-17-2015


It's important to figure out what type of headache is causing your pain. If you know your headache type, you can treat it correctly.  In one 2004 study, 80% of people who had a recent history of self-described or doctor-diagnosed sinus headache, but no signs of sinus infection, actually met the criteria for a migraine. 

Here are some tips and tricks that will put a name to your pain.

Tension headaches

The most common, feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the back or temples of the head and neck. Not as severe as migraines, they don't commonly cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely stop daily activities.

            Over-the-counter treatments, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen (Tylenol), are usually sufficient to treat them. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles (including in response to stress), and possibly changes in brain chemicals.

Cluster headaches

Affects more males than females, are recurring headaches that occur in groups and/or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face.
            During an attack, people often feel restless and uncomfortable; they are unlikely to lie down and rest, as someone with a migraine might. The cause of a cluster headache is unknown, but there may be a genetic component. There is no cure, but medication can cut the duration and frequency of it.

Sinus Headaches

When a sinus becomes inflamed, often due to an infection, it can cause discomfort and pain. It may come with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fiber-optic scope.
            Headaches due to sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants.

Rebound headaches

Overuse painkillers for headaches could, and will, ironically lead to rebound headaches. Culprits include over-the-counter medications like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), as well as prescription drugs.

       One theory is that too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. Another reason; rebound headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the blood.

Migraine Headaches

 Can run from generation to generation, also can be diagnosed containing certain criteria’s. 

--Having at least five previous episodes of headaches.
--Can last between 3–73 hours.
--Can occur on one-sided pain, throbbing pain, moderate-to-severe pain, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by, or prohibits routine activity.

--At least one associated feature: nausea and/or vomiting, or, then sensitivity to light and sound can occur.
--About 15% to 20% of people with migraines experience hand numbness.



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