Your head hurts – again. But do you know what type of headache it is? What may have caused it? And most importantly, how to ease the pain? Before you reach for the ibuprofen, find out more about this common complaint.
There are about 15 kinds of headaches.
According to the International Headache Society, there are about 150 kinds of headaches.
Migraine is just another word for a bad headache.
Migraine is clinically defined as more than 5 episodes of headaches that last 4 to 72 hours, with pain so severe it interferes with daily activity. Migraines may be associated with nausea, sensitivity to light or sound and visual disturbances.
The most common kind of headache is a tension headache.
Up to 90% of people will have a tension headache at some point in their lives.
A change in sleep patterns can cause headaches.
A change in your sleep pattern – too much or too little – may instigate a headache. It's best to get the same amount of sleep each night and to get up at the same time each day, even on the weekend.
A walk around the block can help you feel better when you have a headache.
Moderate exercise can help ease headache pain and may be effective in reducing chronic headaches.
Alternative or healing therapies are not effective in reducing headache pain.
Chronic stress is a common cause of tension headaches. Stress-reducing healing modalities, such as biofeedback and relaxation, have been found to reduce headaches in some people. Other alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, may also be effective.
Treatment for headaches varies depending on the type of headache as well as many other factors. Maury Regional Medical Group Neurology offers treatment for migraines and other chronic headaches. For information about the practice, click here.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 10, 2019
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