Headaches: how to tell them apart


If you are like me and suffer from headaches constantly, this post is worth the read. When I say headaches I am not speaking of your normal headaches that attacks shortly and quickly. we are talking about the debilitating headaches that will make you just want to disappear. When I was younger, I was never able to tell them apart until I was about 17 years old and had a migraine for the first time in life. Which as you know if you are a migraine sufferer, they are not a walk through the park. As I have gotten older the headaches have become worst and they are not always the same. I did a little research myself because, I wanted to know about the different kinds of headaches and what may trigger them. Below are a list of a few types of headaches and there triggers. I am not a doctor or a specialist, I have tried to write this with the best knowledge that I can find. There are too many to talk about in one post, so I will have to break them up into two different post. Make sure to you check back later for part 2 of the post.

Cluster Headaches normally attack one side of the head with pain that may involve tearing of the eyes and stuffy nose. These headaches are chronic repeating headaches that can occur at any age. Although they say that men are four times more likely to suffer from these headaches, women can suffer from Cluster headaches as well. The trigger can be caused by alcohol, cigarettes, high altitudes, bright lights, over exertion, heat (including hot baths & showers) and foods that are high in nitrites. These headaches begins very severe and suddenly, and can sometimes happens at the same time of the day. The eye and nose on the same side as the pain, can also be affected from the headache.

Migraines :{ are headaches that may occur with nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. With most of us a throbbing pain may be felt only on one side of the head. Others may get it right in the center where it feels like your head is being slowly crushed. Migraines can first begin between the ages of 10-45, but I’m sure they can occur later down the line as well. Reversed from Cluster headaches, Migraines most likely occur in women then men and of course, we know that they too can suffer from these migraine attacks. Some signals includes difficulty concentrating, nausea and trouble finding the right words. There are a lot of different triggers that can cause migraines to over like stress, alcohol, anxiety, certain odors or perfumes, loud noises, bright lights and cigarettes. No it doesn’t just stop there, it’s not just that simple Caffeine withdrawal, changes in hormone levels, change in your sleep cycle and missed meals. Certain foods can be our enemies as well such as certain baked goods, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter and dairy products. The list continues but again, I will leave the rest for another post.

Tension headaches is a pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck that normally comes with associated with muscle tightness in the affected area. This can easily happened just by pulling a muscle, sleeping the wrong way, stress, depression, a head injury, and anxiety. Tension headaches occurs when the neck, scalp and muscles becomes tense, or contracted. Holding your head in one position for a long time like working on the computer for too long, sleeping or sitting in a cold room for too long, caffeine withdraw or too much caffeine, colds, dental problems, eye strain, excessive smoking and fatigue.


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