Everything hurts when you have a headache. Although there are many different causes of headaches, there are two types: migraine and tension headaches. Most of the same natural treatments that successfully treat a headache can treat a migraine, because they have many of the same triggers. For the most part, just as the name implies, [...]
All headaches are not the same. There are those that only cause a dull pain but still allow you to function and complete daily tasks. But there are those that top the charts and eventually send you scurrying to a dark room.
The most common kind of headache is tension headaches and they’re usually caused by tight muscles in the neck, scalp, and shoulder. More often than not, tension headaches hit during the course of the day and goes away after a slight nap or a good sleep. Depending on the stress level, they can last for days.
Migraine headaches are not anything to mess with; they’re brought on by the narrowing of arteries in and around the brain. As a result, inadequate blood flow causes an aura (when the symptoms are only visual) or prodrome (when they comprise of different types of sensory disturbances). This phase of the headache is marked by symptoms that include sensitivity to light, sweating, moodiness, numbness, difficulty speaking, visual disturbances (black dots that appear to move, zigzag lines, blurred vision), and abdominal discomfort. After this stage, the arteries in the brain dilate, which causes pain. There is usually a throbbing pain on one side of the head. The pain can also become constant and involve the whole head eventually. If you’re lucky, the pain may only last for about 2 to 3 hours; however, some migraines are known to last for days. Sometimes vomiting may break the headache. Sleepiness follows quickly behind that. There are things that you should try to avoid that can trigger migraines such as lack of sleep, staying up too late, improper diet, and bright lights, too much noise, and stress.
The most severe headaches are cluster headaches and they come on without warning. The pain associated with this headache is one-sided and it confines itself in the area around or to the back of the eye. While a migraine makes people want to find a dark room quickly, cluster headaches makes people restless. This form of headache is not as common as a migraine. Though, the pain is excruciating and it usually subsides within thirty to forty minutes. Cluster is a term that refers to the rate of the headaches in occurrences; for example, someone may get a cluster headache every day for a month, and then all of a sudden not see one for months or years before experiencing one again.
Other causes of headaches include head trauma, sinus infections, other infections, temporomandibular joint disorder, depression, hangover, brain tumor, high blood pressure, bleeding into the brain, over-the-counter pain relievers, and congenitally malformed blood vessels in the brain.