Different types of headache
There are various types of headaches. The following are the top two types:
|Migraine Headache||Migraine headaches frequently begin mildly before getting worse. They frequently only affect one side of the brain. The discomfort frequently has a hammering or throbbing sensation. The headache might get worse if you walk or climb stairs frequently. Additionally, migraines might make you nauseous or sick, as well as sensitive to light and sound.|
|Tension Headache||Tension headaches cause pressure or tightness on both sides of the head.|
I have a headache; is there anything I can do to feel better?
- Take non-prescription painkillers (but check with your doctor first if you have a health condition or already take prescription medicines).
- Lie down in a cool, silent, and dark room (this works best for migraine headaches).
Should I visit a physician or a nurse?
You should visit emergency room or call 911 if:
- Your headache begins suddenly, gets worse quickly, or has the potential to be “the worst headache of your life.”
- Having a seizure, personality changes, bewilderment, or fainting.
- You feel weak, numb, or have vision issues (migraine headaches can sometimes cause these symptoms, but you should be seen right away the first time these symptoms happen).
A doctor or nurse should be consulted if:
- You frequently experience severe headaches.
- Your headache started after you exercised or had a minor injury.
- New headaches if you are pregnant or over 40.
- Accompanied by a fever or stiff neck.
What could be the source of my headaches?
Some people discover that specific meals or activities cause them to have headaches. You might establish a “headache calendar” to track the potential causes of your headaches. When you get a headache, write it down in your calendar, along with what you ate and did right before.
Typical headache causes include:
- Missing meals or eating insufficiently
- Having insufficient or much caffeine
- Too much or too little sleep
- Consuming alcohol
- Having particular meals or beverages
Additionally, note the headache medication you took and whether it was effective.
Are there any steps I can take to avoid having headaches?
Try to avoid those things that causes your headaches. For instance, you may try:
- Modify your eating or sleeping schedule.
- Learn relaxing methods and effective stress management strategies.
- Make positive adjustments to your lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and increasing your physical activity.
Your doctor can offer suggestions on how to try to prevent headaches if they are frequent, severe, or persistent. The use of medications is sometimes beneficial.
What are some headache remedies?
There are many medications that help reduce headache discomfort. Try acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Prescription drugs can also be beneficial. The type, frequency, and severity of your headaches will determine which medication is best for you.
Find a remedy that works for your headaches by consulting your doctor. Avoid attempting to treat persistent headaches on your own with over-the-counter pain relievers. Overusing over-the-counter pain relievers can potentially make headaches worse in the future.