Headaches

What You Need to Know

All of us have experienced mild headaches at some point in our lives, but those who suffer from chronic headaches will tell you that the two are totally different. A bad headache can really limit your enjoyment of your daily life.

Some people are familiar with the things that can trigger a migraine for them. Others are surprised by sudden and unexpected pain.

Headache management starts from the diagnosis, and not every person will respond to the same treatment. Some medications are used to prevent headaches, and other types of medication can be used to stop the headache when it does occur. If headaches continue to affect your life, interventions can control the pain and help you stay active.

Causes

Headaches can be triggered by foods, such as chocolate or alcohol. They may also be stress-related or caused by environmental factors, such as allergies or infections.

They can be caused by neck pain radiating to the head or even by more urgent medical conditions, such as brain bleeds, aneurysms or tumors.

Symptoms

Cluster Headaches

  • One-sided pain.
  • Runny nose and/or teary eyes.

Hormonal Headaches

  • Debilitating pain.
  • Headaches that coincide with menstrual cycles.

Migraine Headaches

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Appearance of spots or stars.
  • Sensitivity to sound and/or light.
  • Symptoms lasting from hours to days.

Tension Headaches

  • Band-like pressure around the head.