What are your headaches telling you? (Part 1)







Did you know that headaches at different parts of your head mean different things.

Many times when we have a headache the impulse reaction is to take medication.

Sometimes the medication works other times it’s masking the real problem.

So headaches can be broadly grouped into primary headaches and secondary

Primary headaches – The headache is the main problem
Secondary headaches- The headache is a symptom of a problem

Another way to look at headaches is by how often they occur

They can be episodic or chronic

Episodic means they come and go chronic means they occur once in a while.

It’s important though to always do one of three things when you’re experiencing \
a headache
1. Check your blood pressure
2. Drink a lot of water
3. Make sure you have adequate rest

Based on the intensity and how and where they occur there are 10 different
types of headaches.

These 10 different types of headaches are:
1. Tension headaches
2. Cluster headaches
3. Migraine headaches
4. Hormonal headaches
5. Allergy/Sinus headaches
6. Caffeine headaches
7. Exertion headaches
8. Hypertension headaches
9. Rebound headaches
10. Post-traumatic headaches

Today I will talk about the first three which all fall under primary headaches.

Tension headaches
This starts out as a dull, aching feeling all over your head. It isn’t throbbing and
you may feel pain around your neck, forehead, scalp or shoulder muscles.
It’s usually triggered by a lack of sleep and stress.

Cluster Headaches: Pain here is usually burning and piercing. . They occur around
or behind one eye or on one side of the face at a time. Sometimes sweating may
occur on the side where the pain is being experienced. Also you may notice your
eyes begin to water and your nostrils on the side that has the pain suddenly feel
like they are blocked.

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These headaches occur in a series. Each individual headache can last from
15 minutes to three hours. Most people experience one to four headaches a day,
usually around the same time each day, during a cluster. After one headache
resolves, another will soon follow.

A series of cluster headaches can be daily for months at a time. In between
headaches one may not experience any challenge. Men experience more cluster headaches than women.

Migraine headaches: This is an intense throbbing pain felt within the head.
This pain can last for days. The headache significantly limits your ability to
carry out your daily routine. It is usually one-sided and may be accompanied
by sensitivity to light and sound. Nausea and vomiting may occur.

A word of caution here, any headache that leads to vomiting it’s important that
your blood pressure is checked, as this is a warning sign that the individual
experiencing the headache may soon have a stroke

I’ll stop here for now, and next time, we will look at the remaining types of headaches.

It’s your legal doc
Dr Becky