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What Is Your Headache Trying to Tell You?


Headaches are considered one of the most common medical complaints. We all experience headaches, some more frequently than others, but what’s really causing the excruciating pounding in our heads that is sometimes unbearable?

Is it due to lack of eating, a sinus infection, stress or menstruation? Many people self-diagnose the throbbing pain associated as something that can easily be fixed by taking a painkiller for relief. In actuality, what is your headache really trying to tell you?

It's extremely important to correctly understand what type of headache is causing you pain and grief. Better understanding the root of the problem can help you seek proper treatment. So, let’s take a closer look, as we examine seven types of headaches accompanied with the varying symptoms.

  • Sleep-Related. Staying up too late usually has more repercussions than a case of the sleepy blues, the next morning. Generally, severe throbbing headaches can be contributed to a lack of sleep. Although, over-the-counter drugs offer temporary relief, Dr. Alexander Mauskop, a neurologist with the New York Headache Center, insists changing your sleeping habits is one of the best ways to alleviate a sleep-related headache.
  • Migraine. With an estimated 29 million Americans suffering from migraines, it is considered to be one of the more typical forms of headaches. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are known to be associated with nausea, dizziness, vomiting, light and sound sensitivities, usually lasting anywhere from 4-72 hours.
  • Cluster. Unfortunately, cluster headaches carry the notion of being the most excruciating type of headache. They occur suddenly and come in spurts, hence the reasoning for being called “clusters.” These types of headaches can possibly last for months at a time, accompanied by congestion and watery eyes. The National Headache Foundation indicates the cause of these types of headaches is unknown.
  • Sinus. Commonly associated with seasonal allergies once sinuses become inflamed. With rapid or sudden head movement the pain intensifies causing severe discomfort near areas of the forehead, cheekbones or nose bridge. Don’t worry; sufferers of sinus headaches can receive antibiotics to treat their symptoms.
  • Caffeine. Where would some of us be without our usual coffee routine? Late nights, early mornings and stressed days are maneuvered through an instant picker upper, better known as caffeine. If you have a specific time where you drink coffee during the day and you end up missing your daily dose of caffeine, it can trigger a withdrawal headache. According to Dr. Peter Goadsby, the best remedy in combatting a caffeine headache is to either stick with your usual routine or stop drinking it completely.
  • Tension. Remember, try not to allow the everyday stressors of life get the best of you as tension headaches are known to be the most reported type of headache made by adults. Symptoms can possibly include, hunger pains, tiredness and low tolerance for various types of fumes. Luckily, these types of headaches can be treated with over-the-counter medicines.
  • Rebound-Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH) also known as “rebound” headaches are becoming increasingly familiar, at a rapid pace. These types of headaches are associated with the overuse of painkillers.

As you can see, headaches come in a variety of forms, sometimes with or without warning. So pay attention to the signs because it maybe your body’s way of trying to tell you something. Next time, you begin to feel a throbbing head sensation take precautionary action and go see your doctor in order to pinpoint the correct diagnosis and treatment.



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