Clear up headache confusion Iqaluit NU
Clear up headache confusion
(NC)-Many of us think that headaches are just a normal part of life. What we may not know is that not all headaches are created equal, and they all should be taken seriously. The following clears up the confusion and explains how to best manage the different headache types.
Q: When I get headaches they tend to vary in intensity and cause pain in different parts of my head. Is this because I'm suffering from different types of headaches?
A: Headaches are one of the most common types of pain Canadians suffer on a regular basis. Figuring out what type of headache you're experiencing helps you to determine the best preventative measures and treatment options.
There are four main headache types:
1. Tension: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are a mild to moderate aching feeling that occurs on both sides of the head. They can last from two hours to several days. Stress, anxiety, fatigue, and anger are all common triggers of tension headaches and can be treated by standard over-the-counter medications such as those from the Tylenol family of products. These products are often recommended by doctors as they have a low risk of side effects and can be taken alongside other medications. Other suggestions are deep breathing, rest and relaxation or eliminating the source of stress.
2. Migraine: Migraine pain ranges from moderate to severe. It starts with a dull ache and turns into a throbbing, pulsating pain felt in the temples and the front or back of one side of the head. They are often linked to inflammation of blood vessels, food, or hormonal changes.
3. Cluster: Generally occur as a sudden onset of excruciating, stabbing, burning pain on one side of the head, felt mainly behind one eye. The pain can also spread to the neck or face. Cluster headaches are usually associated with allergies, alcohol or inflammation of blood vessels.
4. Sinus: Sinus pain ranges from mild to severe and leads to tenderness behind the forehead and cheeks, as well as around the eyes and ears. Sinus headaches regularly occur in conjunction with allergies or infections, like a cold.