Identifying Different Types Of Headaches & What To Do About Them
A headache can be defined as pain anywhere in the neck or head area. Different types of headaches are symptoms that vary in how they presents themselves from person to person.
Headaches are known to last anywhere from a few minutes or even for a few weeks. The three most popular types of headache are tension, cluster and migraine.
In total, there are more than 200 of types of headaches. The most well – recognized headache classification system was been created by the International Headache Society.
Headaches can be put under one of two categories; primary or secondary.
Primary (benign) headaches are not caused by any underlying disease condition or physical issues. Primary headaches can cause significant pain & disability but they are not life threatening. Tension & cluster headaches are example of primary headaches.
Secondary (organic) is a type of headache caused by an illness or injury. For example when you have a cold and your sinuses are inflamed that can cause you to get a headache. Infections, brain bleeds, tumors and head injuries are all possible causes of secondary headaches. These types of headaches can range from harmless to dangerous.
Usually these headaches are identified by a sharp, non throbbing pain behind the eye. They are called cluster headaches because they can attack then go away several times throughout the day.
Chemical reactions in your brain are thought to be a possible cause of these types of headaches. Males tend to suffer more from cluster headaches than females. Symptoms can include a runny nose on the side of the head with pain or tearing & bloodshot eyes.
Migraines are described as a dull ache that turns into an intense throbbing on one half of your head. This throbbing pain gets worse with movement and can cause nausea, vomiting & cause you to be sensitive to noise and light.
About 20% of people that suffer with migraines get what’s called an Aura. An Aura appears before a migraine is about to start. People usually start to see wavy lines, dots or flashing lights. Tunnel vision and blind spots in the eyes have also been reported as the onset of symptoms.
These are the most common type of headache for children and adults. It can be described as a dull, squeezing pain. It can occur on one or both sides of the head and can last from a matter of minutes to days.