Common Types of Headache

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headacheHeadaches and migraine, especially where persistent, are a major cause of missed work days or reduced effectiveness at work. These frustrating conditions make it extremely difficult to function and concentrate, whether its a tension headache, cluster headache or migraine attack.

Headaches are commonly mis-diagnosed and mis-treated due to their variations and range of causes. You can try to categorise your headache by noting a few characteristics and once you think you have identified your headache you can go about discovering how to alleviate it.

Tension Headaches
These are a common type of headache, indicated by a consistent ache or tight pressure, which feels like the head, temples or back of the neck are being squeezed. This type of headache does not usually cause sickness or vomiting, and people can typically carry on with their daily routine. They are often thought to develop due to factors like stress.
Cluster Headaches
These seem to affect men more frequently than women, and come in the form of recurring headaches appearing in groups or cycles. Cluster headaches arrive suddenly as a severe all consuming pain on one side of the head. They are also characterised by nasal congestion, a runny nose and watery eye on the affected side. Restless and unable to get comfortable, people with cluster headaches are not able to find any relief by lying down.

Sinus Headaches
Sinuses which are inflamed perhaps because of infection, can induce a sinus headache, indicated by the development of a fever or the presence of pus viewed clinically using a special scope.

Rebound Headaches
Headaches can sometimes be brought on by overuse of over the counter or prescription painkillers, often used to get rid of headaches ironically. Thoughts on the reasons for this include the brain shifting into an excited state because of medication, or withdrawal as medicine levels in the blood drop.

Migraine Headaches
Migraines are the bane of many peoples lives, with their debilitating nature and persistent painful throbbing lasting anything from 4 to 72 hours. These severe headaches can be identified by symptoms like a regularly occurring, throbbing, sickening pain on one side of the head, especially over the eye, interference with normal tasks, vomiting, numbness of the tongue and other areas, bright flashing colours in front of the eyes and sensitivity to light and sound.

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