What Does Your Headache Tell You?
Headaches are a common symptom of fibromyalgia. It was found that 7 in every 10 fibromyalgia patients also grapple with persistent headaches. Headaches are usually a resulting effect of other conditions, such as digestive problems, stress, fatigue, side effect of medications etc. Different types of headaches can exist concurrently. However, the type of pain, the position of the pain and the intensity of the pain can tell you exactly what is causing your headaches.
Learn to identify your headaches and how to treat it…
Tension headaches are the most common of all headaches. They are not accompanied with vomiting or nausea hence the least severity of all. Tension headaches cause one to feel a constant pain or pressure around the head, particularly at the nape of the neck, base of the head and at the temples. They are believed to be caused when the muscles of the neck and scalp contract, and also due to any changes in brain chemicals. They are best treated with ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen.
These are headaches that occur recurrently and in cycles or groups. They come all of a sudden with severe pain on one side of the head, watery eyes and a runny nose on the same side of the face. Bouts of a cluster headache last for weeks or months, followed by remission periods of no pain at all. When one experiences a cluster headache, he or she is extremely uncomfortable, restless and cannot lie down.
When a sinus is inflamed, perhaps due to infection, allergy or tumor, it can cause immense pain and inflammation. The inflammation leads to swelling and enhanced mucus production and blocking of channels. It is diagnosed as having pain in the cheeks, jaws, forehead and nose bridge. Often, this pain is accompanied by a fever and pus. These headaches can be treated with antibiotics and antihistamines.
When you overuse painkillers for headaches, it can lead to rebound headaches, leading to chronic headaches every day. Rebound headaches normally occur if the pain medication taken contains caffeine. The medication responsible for rebound headaches are ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen, apart from common prescription drugs.
Migraine headaches is the most severe of all types of headaches. The cause of migraine is sill unknown. However, experts believe that the condition is congenital.
Migraine is diagnosed based on different parameters, such as:
- If one has had at least five episodes of headaches previously
- If a migraine headache lasts between four hours to 72 hours
- Show a minimum of two out of four symptoms–one-sided pain, moderate to severe pain, throbbing pain and pain that interferes with or routine activity or is worsened by it
- If it comes with nausea and/or vomiting or sensitivity to sound and light