Learning About Headaches Can Save Painful Days..

About Headaches

A quick rundown about headaches.

Everyone gets a headache once in a while. Most headaches are just annoying and distracting, but some can be painful, and disabling. The first thing that comes to mind is how are headaches treated? Your headache treatment will be based on the type of headache you're diagnosed with, how often you have headaches, and the suspected cause of your headache. 

Forty five million people in the USA alone suffer with tension type headaches. About twenty million more are migraine headache sufferers. Four billion dollars is spent annually on over the counter remedies for headache pain and much more on prescription drugs.

The National Institutes of Health conducted surveys to determine the people that are effected by headaches, and the impact on the economy.

In one such study about headaches, 15,000 households in Washington County Maryland were surveyed, 10,169 residents between the ages of 12 to 29 were asked specific questions about headaches. Here's what the answers were.

Fifty seven percent of the men, and fifty six percent of the females had experienced a headache within the month before the survey. Out of that, over six percent of the men, and fourteen percent of the females had headaches four or more times that month.

If the rest of the USA holds true with the same data, the top encounter with doctors, even with millions of headache sufferers not seeking help, would still be headaches.

Something to remember about headaches is that not all suffer with the same type nor the same trigger, and not all respond to the same treatment. The most important thing to remember we think, is to find a headache specialist that can give the right diagnose and the proper treatment if your headaches are becoming more painful and frequent.

Most common type of headaches

The most common headache is the tension headache. Symptoms could be:

  • Pain that is mild to moderate in this headache, and severe in some cases.
  •  A dull pressure on both sides of the head, or a band like, or vice like ache, with the muscles in the back of ones neck knotted, and tender to the touch.
  • Sometimes the pain may last for an hour, but may last all day. 

Several triggers or causes are associated with a tension headache, such as:

  • Stress 
  • Oversleeping 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depressionn
  • Fatigue 
  • Even bad posture has been blamed on causing tension headaches. 


Next about headaches is on one that works havoc on many peoples lives.

And that would be migraines.  Most migraine sufferers typically have one or more headaches a month. But for many, migraines can attack several times a week. 

The symptoms of migraines are somewhat different than tension headaches. If there's:

  • Throbbing, intense, pounding pain 
  • Nausea, and vomit, it's a migraine
  •  If sensitive to light, sound, smell 
  • Numbness, or tingling in the hands or face, this is the symptoms of migraines.
  • If  pain starts on one side of the head, and spreads to both, and lasts much longer than a tension headache, somewhere between four hours and several days, you have suffered a migraine.

Although some of the triggers that give tension headaches can trigger migraines, the list is longer with the causes of migraines.

Watch alcohol, certain foods, scents or chemicals, and for women, birth control pills, menstruation, and hormone replacement therapy. Another connection for migraines is either parent that suffers with them, there's a greater chance than if parents don't. 

And last about headaches is the most painful one,  and that's the cluster headache.

The stabbing pain is described as so intense that they used to be called "suicide headaches". Cluster headaches come in groups, or clusters, of one to five headaches a day. They can happen every day from days to weeks, to even months. Then they may stop for months or even years.

They are more common in men, where more women have migraines. But overall, migraines are more prevalent than cluster headaches.

The symptoms of cluster headaches:

  • Pain is usually around one eye, temple, or one side of the forehead.
  • Bloodshot or tearing of the eye, a drooping eyelid, and a runny nose, all on the side of the pain is not unusual.
  • A cluster headache can last from twenty minutes to two hours and the pain will be piercing, sharp, burning, and steady.

We can only touch the subject about headaches on one page. Our site has hundreds of pages on helping headache sufferers. There're headaches that overlap with migraines. Migrainures can suffer with classic migraines or common migraines. Then some have sub-types of migraines with symptoms that mimic strokes, and symptoms that are plain frightening.

Tension headaches are also called stress headaches. Several years ago headaches were broken down into classes according to their symptoms, and that makes it easier to administer treatment. Our last page we discussed the sick headache. Migraines used to be called that because of the nausea and vomiting that came with them. Our next page is on migrane pain. Home page from about headaches.

Thanks for reading, we hope this has helped

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