Everyday thousands of Americans find themselves suffering from a headache. Headaches can be brought on because of a wide variety of reasons, from not getting enough sleep, stress and migraines. For many people suffering from a headache is debilitating and can dramatically reduce your enjoyment of life.
Reasons for headaches do vary and even the slightest change in your life can trigger a headache. Here are a few common causes of headaches:
- Vascular changes.
- Sleep patterns.
- Hormonal changes.
- Use of medication.
There are many different types of headaches, the most common headache types are tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. It’s important to understand the difference between these headaches so you and your doctor can work to combat the pain and get your day back on track.
If you are suffering from a headache and feel a constant ache or pressure in your temples or back of the neck then this could be a tension headache.
Cluster symptoms occur in cycles, they appear suddenly and cause a severe pain in the side of the head. Usually those suffering from a cluster headache will also experience watery eyes and nasal congestion.
Migraines are perhaps the worst kind of headache, usually sufferers experience severe pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. A migraine can last between 4 and 72 hours and during this time the person suffering from a headache will be out of action. MIgraines can be extremely disruptive to a person’s quality of life.
Over a third of people who are suffering from a migraine headache usually have a warning sign. This is known as a migraine aura, a warning sign may include a visual problem such as flashing lights or stiffness in the neck or shoulders.
Another kind of migraine is called an ocular migraine in which the person suffers vision loss or temporary blindness as part of their headache. This can be extremely frightening and frustrating. If you believe you suffer from ocular migraines be sure to seek the opinion of a medical professional for help and advice.
Sinus headaches can be common if you are suffering from a cold, allergy or hay fever. If your sinus has an infection it will become inflamed and will cause pressure which leads to a headache.
How to Get Rid of a Headache
There are many home methods you can use to get rid of a headache from over the counter medication to practicing relaxation techniques. If you are suffering from a headache you should be sure to drink plenty of water, find a quiet place to rest and ensure you are getting enough sleep.
At Night and Day Medical center we recommend keeping a headache diary so you are able to distinguish a pattern in your headaches. This can help doctors find the cause of your headaches and help them to get rid of a headache in the future. Treatment for headaches will vary dependent on what kind of headache you are suffering from.