Modern science still can’t explain why there are so many different types of headaches. Every year, thousands of people are misdiagnosed when they ask for help from medical professionals after experiencing headache symptoms. The most common practice for the Doctors is to prescribe medications with the aim to relieve the symptoms. It seems that they never take into account the fact that sometimes the headaches are an indicator of something more serious. A couple of pills is not always the best solution for a migraine or a headache. It is also very important to analyze the symptoms in order to find out whether the patients needs a different treatment or not.
In the video that you will find at the end of this article, Dr. Sakib Qureshi, a recognized neurologist, describes the difference between a regular headache and a headache that indicates the presence of life-threatening diseases. Even though there are dozens of different headaches, they can be separated into four groups and each of these headaches says certain things about the overall health.
The 4 Types of Headaches:
- Tension Headache
Tension headache is the most frequent type of a headache. It causes a continuous pressure in the head or ache, and this pain/pressure is most intense in the temples and in the back of the neck and head. Sometimes, people also feel a burning pain in the ears. Tension Headache is not painful as a migraine, so you won’t experience vomiting and nausea. Most doctors believe that this type of a headache occurs as a result of scalp muscles and neck muscles contraction which is a natural response to high levels of stress.
Treatment: You can easily relieve the symptoms by drinking ginger tea and by pouring some peppermint oil directly on the hairline (this will cause a refreshing sensation which will relax the muscles located on your neck and head).
Statistically, more than 37 million people in the USA experience migraines each year. Migraines are most common for the population between 25 and 55 years. The symptoms of this headache include intense, recurring and severe pain on the left or right side of the head (in 30% of the cases, the pain is felt on both sides), visual problems, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, numbness, and sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and touch.
Treatment: Many studies have showed that Vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium have the ability to relieve the migraine symptoms. It is also recommended to have aerobic physical activity because it is efficient in the prevention of migraines.
- Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches usually occur above one of the eyes and they are present more in men than in women. This type of a headache appears all of a sudden and results in almost unbearable pain concentrated on one side of the face. Other symptoms of cluster headaches include a runny nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes.
Treatment: Put a small quantity of capsaicin cream topically in the nostril on the side where you feel pain. This will stop the nerve pain signals.
- Sinus Headache
Sinus Headache is a result of an infection and it usually occurs together with a fever and strong pressure around the forehead, cheeks and eyes.
Treatment: The most important thing is to increase the intake of fluids in order to prevent dehydration. Lukewarm water can make the sinuses more opened and ease inflammation. You should also consume more vitamin C due to its antioxidants that will help the body to fight off infections. Drink lemon green tea and eat citrus fruits in order to increase the levels of vitamin C in the body. In addition, you can also use cold and hot compress, and fresh ginger.