Understanding the Different Types of Headaches

To find the best treatment for your headaches and related symptoms, it’s important to first understand exactly what type of headache you are experiencing. There are several different types of headaches that all have various causes, symptoms, and preferred treatments. In this post, we’ll cover three of the most common types of headaches and explain how regenerative medicine can bring headache sufferers much-needed relief.

Tension Headache

Tension headaches, also known as stress headaches, typically feel like someone is tightening a band around your head. These headaches are common and usually result from stress. Pain is felt on both sides of the head equally and only lasts a few hours at most. Besides stress, tension headaches can be caused by inadequate sleep or poor posture.

Migraines

Migraines are a nightmare that everyone hopes doesn’t happen to them. Migraines cause a deep, pulsating pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. They can come on quickly and last for days. During a migraine episode, sufferers can often do nothing more than sit in a dark room and wait out the symptoms. 

An interesting note about migraines is that about one-third of sufferers experience a migraine aura just before the headache sets in. This aura is usually visual disturbances, although tingling on one side of the face or arm and trouble speaking can also be part of the aura.

Migraines can be a medical emergency. If you are experiencing migraine symptoms for the very first time, seek out medical attention to be sure you are not having a stroke, as the symptoms can be similar.

Cluster Headache

If your headache feels like a severe, piercing, burning just behind one of your eyes, you might have a cluster headache. The cause of these sudden pains is unknown, but there seems to be a pattern to how cluster headaches develop. Patients may go long stretches without symptoms only to then be plagued with multiple daily episodes for months. Cluster headaches usually just affect one side of the head and can last from 15 minutes to up to three hours. They seem to be more common in men, especially during the spring and fall seasons. They may also be accompanied by redness, tearing of the eye, swelling, and nasal congestion on the affected side.

Other Headache Types

There are many other types of headaches, including:

  • Ice pick
  • Thunderclap
  • Hemicrania continua

Secondary headaches are those caused by another condition, such as trauma, allergies/sinus issues, caffeine withdrawal, overexertion, hormonal changes, or cardiovascular trouble.

Regenerative Medicine for Headache Relief

If you struggle with chronic headaches, no matter the cause, regenerative medicine can offer you the relief that traditional treatments have not. Use our easy search tool at www.regenerativemedicinenow.com to find a practitioner in your area that specializes in headache diagnosis and treatment. With proper care, you can free yourself from the bonds of headache pain and finally regain your quality of life.

Mira Swave, MD

Contributor at Regenerative Medicine Now

Mira Swave, M.D. is a specialist in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
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