Headaches

Types of Headaches:

Migraine – This typically presents as one-sided throbbing headache with or without aura. Typically sensitive to light and may have a scotoma (blind spot). The aura typically last for 30 minutes followed disabling headache pain that lasts for several hours to three days. A migraine is often associated with nausea and vomiting.

Tension-type – This type of a headache is normally worse in the afternoon or early evening. This pain is usually on both sides of your head or behind your eyes.

Cluster – This headache is often presented in middle-aged males with a history of smoking and alcohol abuse. This headache is incredibly painful in the orbital (eyes) region. These headaches typically cluster over days or weeks and then end. These headaches typically last for 30 minutes each time.

Temporal Arteritis – This headache is often seen in older patients complaining of one-sided pain in the temporal region. It is often associated with a tender nodule on the superficial temporal artery. Other symptoms will include generalized aching and muscle fatigue. Often making it difficult to eat. If left untreated, may lead to visual dysfunction or blindness.

Free tips to manage headaches:

If it is a migraine, consult a medical doctor for best treatment. Staying in a dark room and rest is often recommended.

For tension-type headaches, muscle release on your sub-occipital muscles often does the job.

Temporal arteritis is an immediate 911 call. This condition is treated with corticosteroids.