Headaches are common in both adults and children. They can range from a mild nuisance to a condition that keeps you in bed. Although headaches may be alleviated, it is often helpful to be assessed by a qualified professional to determine the proper headache treatment for your individual situation.
A headache is a pain, aching, or discomfort in many different areas of the head that also includes the scalp and the neck areas. Headache pain can range from mild to intense, dull to sharp, or throbbing to constant.
A headache occurs due to inflammation, constriction, tension, or irritation in related nerves, blood vessels, brain covering, sinuses, eyes, ears, muscles, and more. Headaches are not formed directly within the brain, as the brain contains no nerves to sense pain.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of headache being experienced. In addition to specific types of pain, some headaches will bring a variety of symptoms experienced in other areas of the body. These include pain in the eyes, ears, face, shoulders, or neck.
Headaches may be felt on both sides of the head or on one side only. Some types of headaches lead to sensitivity to light or sound. Other headaches may create pressure felt in different areas of the head or face. Some headaches include gastrointestinal disturbances, such as nausea and vomiting.
Types of Headaches
There are more than 100 different types of headaches, but many are rare. The most common types of headaches are:
- Sinus headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Tension headaches
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Myofascial Spasticity
Other commonly experienced types of headaches are those that are caused due to eyestrain, hormonal fluctuations, drug or alcohol use, medication use, and caffeine withdrawal.
There are many different causes for headaches. Some may be caused by stress or tension, sinus infections, the cold, or the flu, or even lack of sleep. Certain types of headaches might be triggered by eating certain foods. Skipping meals may also be a cause of headaches for some people. Poor posture can affect the muscles and nerves in the head, resulting in pain. Certain serious medical conditions can also lead to experiencing a headache. These may include:
- Blood clot
- Brain tumor
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Becoming dehydrated
- Dental problems
- Head injury
There are many other causes for headaches, and should be discussed with the doctors at Center for Pain Management.
Our office can help if you are experiencing headaches. We can help uncover the underlying cause for your pain to develop the best treatment plan to meet your needs. Although most causes of headache are easily treated, it is important to be evaluated to rule out the presence of any serious medical condition.
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