Do you know the different types of headaches there are? There are many types of headaches and it's important to know the types and causes of the most common types. This helps you to cure a headache faster.
If you suffer from frequent headaches you know how they are more than just painful. They will stop you in your tracks and make it hard to take care of all the things we do in a day. There are actually over 150 different types of headaches. That fact surprised me. I had no idea! I've suffered from headaches since I was a teenager. Reading over the symptoms of the 5 most common types of headaches, I actually suffer from a few different types, I just always assumed they were a migraine.
The 5 most common type of headaches:
- Tension-type headaches
- A migraine
- Cluster headaches
- Sinus headaches
- Hormone headaches
Each type of a headache has different symptoms (although sometimes they are similar) and causes. It is important to know what type of a headache you are experiencing. Not only does this allow you to treat it quickly for relief, but it also allows you to know when it's time to see your doctor about a headache.
Symptoms of the 5 most common type of headaches.
- Tension headaches are the most common type of a headache. They cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over time and usually have no other symptoms.
2. Migraine headaches are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from 4 hours to 3 days and usually happen one to four times per month. Along with the pain, people have other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, noise, or smells; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and upset stomach or belly pain.
3. Cluster headaches are intense and feel like a burning or piercing pain behind or around one eye, either throbbing or constant. It’s the least common but the most severe type of a headache. The pain can be so bad that most people with cluster headaches can’t sit still and will often pace during an attack. On the side of the pain, the eyelid droops, the eye reddens, pupil gets smaller or the eye tears. The nostril on that side runs or stuffs.
They’re called “cluster headaches” because they tend to happen in groups. You might get them one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months. Each headache attack last 15 mins to 3 hours and often wakens the patient from sleep. The headaches may disappear completely (go into “remission”) for months or years, only to come back again. Cluster headaches affect men 3-4 times more often than women.
I use to think I experienced cluster headaches because I tend to get headaches on only one side of my head. The pain is pounding and reaches up to my eye. Turns out, that is NOT what a cluster headache is.
4. Sinus headaches are a deep and constant pain in your cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of your nose. The pain usually comes along with other sinus symptoms, such as a runny nose, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and swelling in your face.
It's common to have this type of a headache when you are suffering from allergies or a cold. A true sinus headache is from a sinus infection so the nasal discharge is yellow or green, unlike the clear discharge in a cluster or a migraine.
5. Hormone headaches can happen when a woman experiences changing hormone levels during their periods, pregnancy, and menopause. The hormone changes from birth control pills also trigger headaches in some women.
Headaches, in general, can be caused by different factors like an illness, stress or your environment. I know those are triggers for my headaches, especially stress. Stress seems to be my biggest trigger for headaches, which makes sense since I tend to suffer from tension headaches the most. When one hits, I tend to try and lay down and sleep so that my body relaxes and so I don't think about the stress that caused a headache in the first place.
Do you suffer from headaches? If so, what kind and what are your treatment plans. You can find more information about these 5 most common types of a headache at Webmd.com