Headaches are an everyday phenomenon and can be very intense, nagging and in some instances can be a sign of something serious. There are many different types of headache, each with unique characteristics. Let`s look at the most common types.
Occur in bouts of attacks known as cluster periods and involve pain in, behind, and around one eye, but can involve areas of the head and face on the same side as the eye affected. This type of headache can be very intense and each attack tend to occur generally around the same time. For this reason they are also called the alarm clock headache. The cause is still unknown.
These are recurrent headaches that tend to be moderate to severe. Migraines can last from 4 hours to 3 days, or even longer. They are often associated with nausea, aura as well as sensitivity to light and sound. Triggers for migraines include certain foods (such as dairy, caffeine, anything with MSG or artificial sweeteners etc), hormonal changes, stress etc.
Often described as a throbbing headache.
These are quite common and are described as a constant pain in the face specifically both cheeks, forehead, or bridge of the nose. They are caused by increase in pressure of the sinuses due to inflammation Or infection. The pain usually gets worse with sudden head movements or straining, and often associated with other symptoms such as sniffing, nasal congestion/runny nose, post-nasal drip, fullness in the ears, and sometimes facial swelling or fever. Some Triggers include dust, high smells/scents, smoke, sinusitis...to name a few
This type of headaches are associated with pain on both sides of the head and are Often felt as a tight band around the head. Some of the triggers include stress, certain foods such as caffeine, lack of sleep, skipping meals, etc. Women tend to experience tension headaches more than men.
There are much more types of headaches. Visit your doctor today for more information about your headaches.