Severe Headaches

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Severe Headaches
Many Americans suffer from chronic headaches worldwide. While there are many ways to describe a severe headache, many describe the overwhelming feeling the same. A moderate-to-severe pain (often described as a pounding, throbbing pain) that originates from one side of the head, neck, or scalp. At times, the pain can be debilitating. Don’t let your suffering go undiagnosed or under-treated. Seek medical care as soon as you notice severe or persistent headache symptoms.
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting, upset stomach, abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Very warm or cold sensations
  • Fever
  • Paleness
  • Sudden loss of vision or balance
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Seizures or extreme sensitivity to sound, light or smell

 

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Here are the two main types of headaches:

 

Primary Headaches

Primary headaches don’t point to any underlying conditions. Instead, they are often triggered by stress, poor-posture, over-exertion, or dysfunction with the pain-sensitive nerves in your skull.

These headaches include:

 

  • Migraines:

    Migraines involve pulsing or severe throbbing pain—typically on one side of your skull. You may also experience light sensitivity, nausea, or vomiting.

 

  • Cluster Headaches:

    Cluster headaches are the most painful kind. They often occur in a pattern, with an onslaught during cluster periods. Cluster headaches may last for weeks or months and may be followed by a break before they reappear.

 

  • Tension Headaches:

    This headache feels like a mild-to-moderate pain in your head. It involves a restricting compression around your skull; almost like a tight band around wrapped your head.

 

  • Chronic Daily Headaches:

    Refers to a headache of almost any type that occurs very frequently; usually at least 15 days per month for at least six months.

 

Secondary Headaches

A headache is secondary when another condition causes it. Many factors can trigger secondary headaches, such as:

  • A medical condition like high blood pressure
  • Infections, like a sinus infection
  • Brain injury, like a concussion
  • Blood vessel problems due to a stroke or brain aneurysm

In such cases, a physical examination should be conducted by a doctor to look for warning signs that could point to a secondary headache.

These include:

 

  • Thunderclap Headaches:

  A sudden and excruciating headache that comes on as fast as a clap of thunder.

 

  • Rebound Headaches:

    Headaches caused by the regular, long-term use of pain medications to treat headaches.

 

  • Sinus Headaches:

    Headaches caused by inflammation of the sinus cavity.

 

  • Spinal Headaches:

    Occurs when the cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain leaks out of the meninges.

Occasional headaches are common, and usually don’t require medical attention. However, for recurring severe headache symptoms, it is always best to visit a doctor for guidance and treatment.

 

Consult your doctor if:

 

  • Your headache pain increases or jolts you awake, visit the closest emergency room as soon as possible.
  • You take pain relievers almost daily
  • You notice a sudden change in headache patterns
  • Your headaches are extremely painful or debilitating

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of headaches?

The International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) defines more than 150 different types of headaches. There are Four main types of headaches: tension, Sinus, migraine and cluster headaches. We will only focus on these.

When should you be concerned about a headache?

Some headaches call for prompt medical care. Here are some warning signs for when you should worry about headaches: … Headaches that are accompanied by fever, stiff neck, confusion, decreased alertness or memory, or neurological symptoms such as visual disturbances, slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or seizures.

What could a headache be a sign of?

A headache can be a sign of stress or emotional distress, or it can result from a medical disorder, such as migraine or high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache among adults and teens. They cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over time. They usually have no other symptoms.rt attack.

How do I relieve a headache?
  • Drink Water. Inadequate hydration may lead you to develop a headache. …
  • Take Some Magnesium. …
  • Limit Alcohol. …
  • Get Adequate Sleep. …
  • Avoid Foods High in Histamine. …
  • Use Essential Oils. …
  • Try a B-Complex Vitamin. …

· Soothe Pain with a Cold Compress. While there are also prescription medications for other types of headaches, such as tension headaches or sinus headaches, over-the-counter (OTC) headache remedies may be enough to relieve the pain they bring. OTC pills are available without a prescription, Tylenol, Motrin, Excedrin, Aleve ect….

How do I relieve a headache fast?

Just about any over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever can offer relief for non-migraine headaches, also known as tension headaches. Medications that contain only one drug (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin) are an effective headache treatment, as are those that include a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine.

 

Does caffeine help relieve headaches?

Caffeine helps reduce inflammation, and that can bring relief. It also gives a boost to common headache remedies. Whether you use aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, they work faster and better and keep the pain away for longer when combined with caffeine

What does a caffeine headache feel like?

Headaches are among the most commonly reported symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. Caffeine causes blood vessels in the brain to constrict, which slows blood flow. … Summary Eliminating caffeine causes increases blood flow to the brain, which can cause headaches in some people. Jan 25, 2019 – (Dr. Natbony says people often describe these headaches as “diffuse and throbbing.

How long does a caffeine headache last?

Caffeine blocks receptors in the brain that can dilate blood vessels causing headaches. “Withdrawal symptoms can start from 12 to 20 hours after your last cup of coffee and peak about two days later and can last about as long as a week.

How can you get rid of a headache instantly?

Close your eyes and rest. …

  • Massage your neck and temples. …
  • Warm up your neck Try putting a heating pad or a warm cloth around your neck and the base of your skull to ease tension headaches. …
  • Relax. …
  • Minimize stress. …
  • Watch what you eat and drink.
  • Over the counter pain relievers (OTC) Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve, Excedrin etc.…
  • Drink some caffeine.
Why do you wake up with headache?

Early morning headaches are experienced by 1 in 13 people. They may be the result of a change in your body physiology. … Additionally, your body may make more adrenalin during this time, resulting in migraine headaches. A lack of quality sleep or a sleep disorder may also result in morning headaches

Where can you massage to relieve a headache?

Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point to relieve pain and headaches. This is just one you can research massage techniques online or seek professional massage therapist assistance.

How to cure one sided headache?

Drink Water. Inadequate hydration may lead you to develop a headache. …

  • Take Some Magnesium. …
  • Limit Alcohol. …
  • Get Adequate Sleep. …
  • Avoid Foods High in Histamine. ..
  • Use Essential Oils. …
  • Try a B-Complex Vitamin. …
  • Soothe Pain with a Cold Compress.

These may help but for a cure we always suggest you speak to a medical professional before trying new remedies.

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