Friday, December 18, 2009

The Different Types Of Headaches

By Rose Williams

There are a fair number of commonly-known sort of headache. These include, but are not limited to: cluster headaches, migraine headaches, tension headaches, chronic daily headaches, blood pressure headaches, chronic cluster headaches and sinus headaches.

A migraine headache is a severe headache. This kind of headache has been found to have a profound impact on the daily lives of its sufferers. The pain can be a pulsating sensation or sometimes a throbbing kind of head pain. This throbbing pain can be moderate to severe. The symptoms of migraine headaches include nausea, extreme sensitivity to light and sound. With the migraine sort of headache there is often an early warning feeling called an aura.

This aura is experienced in the form of changes in visual perception. You may see bright flashes or blurs and sometimes you may even lose part of your vision. You may even experience a numbness or a tingling in your arms. These warning symptoms will fade a while before the migraine attack begins. A migraine headache can last for about three days without any treatment, before it recedes.

The types of tension headache cause a dull but constant pain around the forehead or the sides or back of the head. Some people liken a tension headache to a tight band around the head. This is considered to be one of the most common types of headache. In a tension headache you will not find such symptoms as light sensitivity, nausea or vomiting.

Tension headaches occur in episodic or chronic types. Usually, most sufferers of this type of tension headache, experience chronic headaches. It is estimated that about 40% of the population suffers from tension headaches. Chronic daily headaches are another of these types of headache.

Most chronic daily headaches are tension headaches or headaches which are caused by taking too many pain killers. With these types of headache, the pain is of a constant, dull nature - there may also be a feeling of tightness like a rubber band around the head. A chronic daily headache is diagnosed by its duration: the pain must last for a minimum of 15 consecutive days per month during a three month period of time.

Another kind of headache is the Cluster headaches. This is a rare but very painful type of headache. The name of the headache arises from the fact that the headache pain occurs in clusters. Often, periods of Cluster headaches may last weeks or months. This time period is followed by long periods of no headaches.

Cluster headaches are to be found on one side of the head. Usually the sharp, penetrating pain begins behind an eye. Cluster headaches cause red, teary eyes, a stuffy nose and sometimes symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light may occur.

These are some of the various kinds of headaches that can be experienced. The pain from the headache can be mild or it can be very severe. To obtain relief from these headaches you should talk to your doctor about medication or you can buy some over the counter headache pain tablets.

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