Its all too common, the pain that comes from having a tension headache or a migraine headache. But there are also a lot of different types of headaches out there that arent spoken of as much. Consider yourself lucky if youve never heard of these.
1. The Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches are a form of headache that can be truly devastating to ones way of life. This type of headache received its name due to the way in which the headaches attack in clusters. Many headache patients say that this type of headache is the most painful of any of them, and it strikes with little to no warning, with the peak of pain kicking in very quickly.
The headaches tend to last between a half hour and an hour, and quickly dissipate. When one experiences one of these headaches, however, they can rest assured that it probably wont be the last cluster headaches strike between one and four times per day.
Less than one percent of the population experiences cluster headaches, and men tend to be affected much more often than women. It usually sets in when the victim is between 20 and 45 years old.
2. Hormonal Headaches
Hormone headaches are another type of headache that people may experience. These headaches come on when there is a high level of hormone fluctuation in the body of the afflicted individual.
While this type of headache is most commonly associated with women, with the headaches coming on within the time frame of their monthly menstrual period, men can also be afflicted when their levels of hormones change.
Sinus headaches can be one of the more frustrating types of headaches. They occur in a different way than most headaches, and we understand much of why they happen. When the sinuses, which are located in the nasal area, become inflamed due to an allergic reaction, a tumor, or some type of infection, the inflammation will lead the victim to feel a large amount of pain occurring in and around their nose, forehead, and cheekbones.
If you have nasal blockage, a doctor may perform an x-ray to determine the extent of the problem. If that truly is the problem that you are facing, doctors often prescribe anti-histamines and decongestants in order to clear the passageways and take away the pain.
3. The Organic Headache
Organic headaches are another source of pain that some people experience. Organic headaches are defined as headaches that occur due to some sort of abnormality of the brain or of the skull.
Brain tumors that press upon arteries in the brain can be a cause of an organic headache, and aneurysms, meningitis, and an abscess of the brain can all be to blame for an organic headache.
If youre experiencing a headache and you find yourself dizzy, confused, or unable to speak, you should seek professional help immediately. These headaches are not to be taken lightly and getting to a doctor immediately is of the utmost importance.
You are better safe than sorry, and if your headache is an organic one, it is important to take action as soon as possible.
4. Secondary Headaches
Headaches caused by medical problems are known as secondary headaches.
The underlying condition can be due to a stroke, any type of head injury, a virus, brain tumor or some type of metabolic disorder (e.g., diabetes, thyroid disease). They can also be due to simple problems in the eyes, ears, neck, teeth, or sinuses. But what ever the problem is that is causing the headache, the underlying condition must be diagnosed and treated.
A blow to the may result in a relentless, unexpected, and incapacitating secondary headache which interferes with normal activities of daily living. The sufferer may also develop symptoms such as convulsions, disorientation, and dizziness, loss of consciousness, fever and pain in the eye or ear. Immediate medical intervention is required in such cases.
5. Headaches without Headache Pain
What would you do if someone told you that you were suffering from a headache when you knew that you had not had any headache pain? Yet, at the same time you also knew that you had had some very odd symptoms that you were having trouble getting diagnosed.
If you have been suffering from some odd unexplained symptoms you may actually be afflicted with what is often called a silent migraine. It is known by many other names as well. It has recently been given the name of migraine aura without a headache, whereas other times it was called ocular migraine or painless migraine.
The signs of this non-headache headache are like those a person may get at the onset of a migraine, but they never get the accompanying headache pain. A person may have the visual symptoms like seeing flashing lights off to one side, feeling dizzy, or feeling tingling or numbness in ones fingers.
Sometimes people even have difficulty talking, or suffer pain in odd places on their faces. These odd symptoms are usually found in woman rather then men, somewhat later in life.
The biggest problem with this condition is that these symptoms can be mistaken for other ailments. Without being able to tell a health care provider that there is headache pain it is difficult to get a correct analysis of this condition.
For example, the symptoms are very similar to those of stroke indicators. Many people have been misdiagnosed because doctors thought their patient might have suffered a minor stroke instead. These symptoms can also be attributed to seizures or serious visual problems.
With all these more obvious options it is not a surprise that doctors look to them first. You should allow your doctor to do whatever tests they feel are necessary to eliminate the more serious health issues. In case one of them is the problem you will want to be sure.
They may do a CT scan, an MRI, will order blood tests to be taken and likely want an eye examination. Once these tests are completed and everything comes back negative its time to point your health care provider in a different direction.
The way to get them to take a serious look at the possibility of a silent migraine being the cause of your symptoms is to explain your family history first.
Almost all migraine sufferers have other members of their immediate family who also get migraine headaches. Then closely describe your symptoms, again, and show them how they resemble those associated with migraine. If youve had these episodes more than once that should also go a long way to convincing them that you are indeed suffering migraine symptoms without the headache pain.
You can take any of the medications that are used in regular migraine treatment. This includes the medications some people use to try to prevent a migraine from coming once the aura has begun. Injectibles and nasal sprays are better to use because they are fast acting.
Other less common types of headaches include:
7. Ice cream headache (occur while eating frozen food)
8. Thunderclap headache (Occur when there is brain damage)
9. Coital cephalalgia (sex headache)
10. Medication overuse headaches
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