Headaches: Types, Causes, and treatment

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints. Fortunately, most types of headaches are not serious and can be easily treated with they can be disposed of in some healthy ways and get more rest.

What is a headache?

The headache is caused by muscle tension, sinus congestion, eye strain, and many of the reasons behind the other. In many people can appear in the eyes, in the back of the head, on the sides or top of the head, or feel it behind the eyes.

How is headache classified?

Headaches can be due to different factors and differentiation of different types of headaches according to the classification system in 2007.
The main objective was to have different types of headaches classified to allow doctors  and other medical care practitioners to make a specific diagnosis so that the correct course of treatment could be recommended.
According to this classification system, all types of headaches come under two main categories:
• Primary headache
• Secondary headache

Primary headache

Primary headaches are those that are not associated with any other underlying health problem. There are three main types of headaches:
  • Headaches due to stress: These are the most common and can be caused by stress,
  • lack of sleep, dehydration, depression, too much alcohol or meals. Tension headaches
  • feel like a dull wrench with constant pressure around the front, top sides of the head.
  • Migraine: Migraine is frequent with your daily life.
  • They feel like palpitations or pain on either side of the head or sometimes on only one side of the head. Migraines can be treated with certain types of treatment.
  • Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches cause severe pain around one eye and can be unbearably painful. They are not very common and are called as such because when they appear, they appear in groups for a month or two at a time and they are usually around the same time each year.
  • Most anti-medications are not usually effective against this type but there are some
  • prescription medications that can help manage pain.

Secondary headache

These usually occur as a result of certain causes such as head injuries, or concussion of some other diseases.
For example, it can occur when you have sinusitis or cold flu.
It can also come as a side effect of taking too much alcohol or taking a particular drug.
It can include women in pregnancy, menopause or even taking pills.
If you have frequent headaches, it’s best to get a medical assessment so you can get to the root of the problem, get the treatment needed to manage your pain, and get your daily activities.

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Written by Sidney Sheldon


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