Nothing is worse than a headache. It can render one completely useless for the day and make you absolutely miserable. Know what kind of headache you have so you can fix it fast! Get the details on the different types of headaches here!
By Ginny Graves
From Health magazine
Is it just a tension headache? Your sinuses? A migraine? Here’s our handy guide on how to tell.
The scoop: This is by far the most common type of headache, affecting as many 90 percent of people at some point in their life. It’s caused by tightness in the muscles of the scalp and the back of the neck.
Symptoms: Dull pressure or tightness in a band around the head, especially the forehead. Usually no other symptoms.
Pain: Mild to moderate
Triggers: Stress or fatigue
Treatment: OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen. Taking some time to de-stress—deep breathing, gentle yoga, napping, or meditation—might also help.
The scoop: Often mistaken for a tension or sinus headache, a migraine is a neurological condition caused by an overreactive “switch” in the brain stem.
Symptoms: Throbbing pain; sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells; nausea and vomiting; and other symptoms. Twenty percent of sufferers have aura—symptoms such as visual disturbances that precede the onset of pain.
Pain: Moderate to severe
Triggers: Stress, hormonal changes, weather changes, some foods
Treatment: Stress relief, lifestyle changes, OTC and Rx medications
The scoop: It’s extremely uncommon; most people who think they have one actually have a migraine. “Almost half of people with migraines have runny or stuffy nose or teary eyes with their headaches,” Dr. Tepper explains.
Symptoms: Pain around the nose and eyes; runny nose, often accompanied by fever.
Pain: Mild to severe
Triggers: An acute sinus infection
Treatment: OTC pain relievers and sinus meds
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