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Headache & Migraine

Which Type Of Headache Is Causing You Pain?

There are several different types of headache – for example, tension headache, migraine, and cluster headaches. Each different type of headache has its own characteristic symptoms. Headache pain can be described as dull and throbbing or sharp and localised, and can last anywhere from a few
minutes to a few days. Understanding which type of headache you have can help to effectively treat the symptoms, and may be useful in helping prevent future headaches.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of headache in adults. This type of headache is often associated with muscle tightness and tenderness in the head, face and scalp, and neck pain often accompanies tension headache.

Any activity causing the head to remain in one position for a long period of time, such as computer or microscope work, or fine work with the hands, can cause this type of headache. Sleeping in a cold room, or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position, may also trigger this type of headache.

Other triggers of tension headache include:

  • Physical stress or injury
  • Emotional stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Alcohol or caffeine use
  • Excessive smoking
  • Illnesses such as a cold, the flu, or sinus infection
  • Jaw clenching or teeth grinding
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue or overexertion
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Tension headaches can:

  • Result in mild-to-moderate pain, although generally not severe enough to prevent daily activities such as walking
  • Feel like a tight band of pressure around the head
  • Be felt equally on both sides of the head
  • Last from 30 minutes up to 7 days

Migraine Headaches

In migraine headaches, the pain is usually restricted to one side of the head, and may be described as a throbbing pain of moderate to severe intensity. Many migraine sufferers may become temporarily sensitive to light and noise, and may also experience nausea and vomiting.

Migraine headaches can:

  • Last from a few hours to a few days, with recurring episodes
  • Run in families
  • Be more common among women than men
  • Be brought on by various triggers
  • Be aggravated by routine physical activity (e.g. walking or climbing stairs)
     
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Identifying and managing migraine triggers can reduce the risk of a migraine attack.

Migraine headaches appear to be caused by changes in the nerve pathways and chemical signals in the brain, which affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues. A number of different triggers can cause these changes to occur, but the exact chain of events remains unclear.

Migraine triggers may include:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke
  • Loud noises or bright lights
  • Odours or perfumes
  • Exercise or other physical stress
  • Missed meals
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Certain foods or food ingredients
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