Type of Headache

By: Richard Romando

Headaches associated with the pain in head or neck, which can be caused by a multitude of pathologies. Most of the headaches have unique symptoms, and sometimes the difference between them is indiscernible. It takes a period of trial and error, watching symptoms over a period of time, and making patterns to make identify the actual cause and funnel to suitable medication. This time period is undoubtedly frustrating for the patient bearing the severe pain. This article would allow you to recognize some of the signs and symptoms of the different types of headaches which may b e useful in identified and faster diagnose of the headache.

Migraines

Migraines are arguably amongst the worst headaches. They are the most painful and may last anywhere from a few hours to an entire day, making the person unable to move or speak. The notorious association of Migraines can be nausea and vomiting, which can make the headache worse as it increases the inter-cranial pressure. Photophobia, inability to look at light is also observed in the sufferers of this headache. Solitary confinement and keeping themselves contained in a dark area, away from light, noise and movement all the symptoms indicate towards this ailment.

Tension Headaches

A person suffering from this type would always complain about a band-like tightness or squeezing across the head. The intensity may vary. Often times, tension headaches result from stressful lifestyle, physically, mentally and emotionally. The headache typically lasts from 30 minutes to 7 days, and the duration depends on the treatment. The medication is also a problem in this situation because of the frequency and thus prolonged use of pharmaceuticals can cause damage to the stomach and liver. Natural healing methods such as chiropractic modalities, massage, physical therapy and acupuncture have been proven to be just as successful as painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications.

Cluster Headaches

Males, aged 20 to 50, based upon their genetic makeup may are more prone to cluster headaches. The headache is characterized by short bursts of extreme pain in any part of the head, and is often described as "lightening" or "thunder" because of the intensity and sudden onset. These headaches may last from few minutes to several hours. The pain is debilitating and the person often feels as though he is having a nail drilled into their head. Cluster headaches resides faster a certain point of time however faster relief can be attained through treatment such as muscular manipulation or ibuprofen which stops swelling of blood vessels. The type of headache varies and also the effectiveness of a treatment varies between people. If the intensity of the ache is high, a doctor should be consulted.

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