Do Not Look Down Upon Headaches
Headaches are very common. While most headaches aren’t dangerous, certain types can be a sign of a serious underlying condition. So, never look down upon them.
MOUNTRAX is here to share knowledge of headache types and bring some easy-peasy solutions to tackle such painful moments.
The two major categories of headaches are Primary headaches and Secondary headaches. Each type is explained below.
1) Primary headaches
Dysfunction or over-activity of pain-sensitive features in your head causes primary headaches. Some major subtypes include:
- Tension-type headaches
Tension headaches are characterized by a dull, aching pain that is felt on both sides of the head and can be described as a tight band around the head. They are often caused by stress, poor posture, or a lack of sleep.
- Migraine headaches
Migraine headaches are a severe type of headache that is characterized by a pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head. Migraines are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are caused by changes in the blood vessels and chemicals in the brain.
2) Secondary headaches
An underlying medical condition causes secondary headaches. Its major subtypes are:
- Dehydration headache
A dehydration headache is a type of headache that occurs as a result of not getting enough fluids in the body. When the body is dehydrated, it does not have enough fluids to function properly, and this can lead to a headache. Dehydration headaches are usually described as a dull, aching pain on both sides of the head, and can also be accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth and throat, and dark yellow urine.
- Sinus headaches
Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses, which can be caused by allergies or sinus infections. They are characterized by a deep and constant pain in the forehead, cheeks, or bridge of the nose, and often accompanied by other symptoms such as nasal congestion and a fever.
- Spinal headaches
Spinal headaches, also known as post-dural puncture headaches, are a type of headache that occurs after a spinal tap or other procedure involving a puncture to the dura mater, the protective covering of the spinal cord. These headaches are caused by a leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, which results in a loss of pressure in the skull.
- Thunderclap headaches
Thunderclap headaches are a type of headache characterized by a sudden, severe onset of pain that peaks within 60 seconds of onset. These headaches are often described as the "worst headache of life." They can be caused by a variety of conditions such as bleeding in the brain, a brain aneurysm, or a blood clot in the brain. Thunderclap headaches require immediate medical attention as they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition.
What to do?
When experiencing secondary headaches, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Although they can be treated with over-the-counter medications, it is important to consult a doctor if you experience them severely and frequently.
But what can be done for primary headaches? Well, here is what you need to do!
- Drink enough water
- Limit alcohol
- Get adequate sleep
- Try acupuncture
- Avoid irritating food
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