What Kind of Headache Do I Have?

The Facts:

The experiences of headaches are different for all of us. Some of us feel worn out and tired, we get blurred vision, stiffness in our neck, or we are just unable to function during the day. But, these headaches all have one thing in common – they are not normal to deal with on a frequent basis.

Why Does it Matter?:

Knowing which of the many different types of headaches that you have is the most important step toward getting relief. Let’s go over a few of the most common types of headaches:

Migraine: Migraine headaches can come in all shapes and sizes. Commonly, one side of your head will exhibit a throbbing sensation. These types of headaches can be incredibly painful and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 days. Some of the most common side effects are nausea, difficulty speaking and sensitivity to light, smell, and sound.

Tension Headaches: These types of headaches are very common and possibly affect up to 20% of our population. A constant dull pain is commonly felt on both sides of the head. A few of the triggers for a tension headache are stress, anxiety and depression. Lack of water intake, loud noise, lack of sleep and not getting enough exercise is commonly thought to bring on tension headaches. Just living a healthy lifestyle is a great way to combat tension headaches.

Cluster Headaches: Man commonly experience cluster headaches more than women. Generally, you will feel an intense burning or even a piercing feeling around or behind one of your eyes. These types of headaches come on unexpectedly and last from a few minutes up to three hours.

Next Steps:

If you happen to be having trouble with migraine, tension, or cluster headaches, be sure to ask us. Did you know research has shown and is continuing to show that chiropractic can decrease the intensity, severity, and the frequency of many common headaches… all without having to take a bunch of medication. Especially, if you are dealing with multiple headache episodes, think about this the next time and give us a call. We are here to help you!

Scientific Source:

US National Library of Medicine. MedLine Plus. Tension Headache. 2019

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