Is your head throbbing at this very moment? You have a headache. Did you know that there are actually over 150 different types of clinically diagnosed headaches? Of course, that means little to you if you’re in the throes of one right now. But understanding the basic types of headaches can actually go a long way towards finding an effective treatment for them. Not only can you get fast relief but you might even be able to stop a headache before it starts if you can recognize some of the approaching triggers.
A tension headache is probably the most common form of headache. Both kids and adults can get them and in some cases, they can be caused by both kids and adults. Tension headaches are muscle contractions and can come and go quickly.
A more severe form of headache is the migraine. This happens with the same type of blood vessel contraction but is more intense and longer in duration. Some sufferers of migraines can experience pain for several hours up to several days. With a migraine, you can become sensitive to light and noise in addition to becoming nauseated and dizzy.
Sinus headaches occur around your eyes, nose, and forehead and are the direct result of pressure built up due to allergies, colds, or the flu.
Hormone headaches affect women in great numbers as they are going through pregnancy, menstrual cycles, or menopause. There are many factors that can contribute to a headache. Stress is probably the number one inducer of tension headaches. This can be caused by where you are, what you’re dealing with, or what you need to accomplish. Headaches can also be triggers by certain sharp odors like cigarette smoke or chemicals in cleaners or even perfumes.
Persistent headaches might be a good indication for further testing by your doctor. You may just be prescribed rest and relaxation. Many chronic headache sufferers find that adjusting their schedules to allow time for meditation or other kinds of “personal time” can help reduce the number of headache occurrences. There are also many over the counter medications available for common tension headaches. Feel better.