I know I didn’t before doing the research for this article! And since no one likes having a headache, how awesome would it be to be able to vanquish one just by knowing the right weapon to draw out of your arsenal? Pretty awesome, if you ask me. I’m tough when it comes to most things, but headaches? Bring on the drugs.
The more you know, right? So read on!
5. Migraine Headache
Migraines are generally considered to be the biggest and baddest of the headaches, both in intensity and the difficulty in getting rid of them. There are often symptoms that warn you one is headed your way, like irritability, fatigue, and a change in appetite. Then your headache shows up, which can include tingling, numbness, and light sensitivity around your eyes. Though that part goes away fairly quickly, the throbbing pain centered in the temples can last up to 72 hours. You can expect to suffer from fatigue and have trouble concentrating for another 24 hours once the pain has resolved, as well.
Sadly, there’s no long-term cure for the dreaded migraine headache, though prescription medication and exercise could help.
4. Hangover Headache
You know you’ve had one…and you’ve likely promised yourself (and broken the promise) to never get that drunk again as a result. It’s not the alcohol as much as the ensuing dehydration that causes the throbbing, dull pain throughout the head (which can also include tightness and a feeling of heaviness).
The good news is that rest, water, an over the counter painkiller, and maybe some greasy food will have you back on your feet in no time.
3. Tension Headache
Probably the most common culprit, the tension headache presents with a general, dull pain with no central location – usually pressure in the forehead and temples, with possible tension and spasms around your eyes. It’s probably more of an annoying and not a debilitating pain, but tension headaches can still be distracting.
The good news is, a mild painkiller or moderate exercise should nix this bad boy, which is typically brought on my stress, poor posture, or a head or neck injury.
2. Cluster Headache
The good news is that these affect less than 1% of the population. The bad news is that if you get them, you’re probably suffering from some pretty intense pain. They’re distinguishable by their presentation on only one side of the head (usually behind the eye) as a sharp, stabbing pain. They last between 15 minutes and an hour and can include light sensitivity as well.
Scientists are struggling to know what causes them, so if you suffer regularly, you’re going to want to see a doctor.
1. Sinus Headache
These are caused by sinusitis, and your headache is probably not your only symptom. A cold or seasonal allergy is usually to blame, and you can find yourself suffering from general fatigue, pain and pressure in your nose, as well as a congested feeling in your forehead and under your cheeks.
You can try over-the-counter antihistamines, though a serious sinus infection could result in a trip to the doctor for prescription antibiotics.
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