What Type of Headache Are You Experiencing?

My Headaches…Are Killing Me! Help!

Headaches can turn a good day bad in the blink of an eye. Over 15% of adults complain of headaches or migraines, with the prevalence of women twice as high as men. They are extremely common yet still very complex to understand. Most individuals experiencing headaches do not know that there are different types of headaches that can be provoked in numerous ways. Knowing which type of headache you are suffering from, will help in making sure you get the right treatment to provide relief from that “pain in your brain”.

Migraines can be classified as with or without an aura. An aura is described as any type of visual change, dizziness, weakness or along with many other types of visual or sensory changes. These symptoms will be felt before a migraine sets in. Fortunately, most migraines people experience do not present with an aura. If you are suffering from a migraine, they will typically be recurrent and can last anywhere between 4 to 72 hours. They typically present unilaterally or on one side of the head and create a throbbing effect regarding the pain felt. Migraines are aggravated by routine activities such as lifting or any moderately strenuous activities. During a migraine you may feel nauseous and could even display sensitivity to light.

Tension-type headaches range from mild to moderate in intensity and are episodic, meaning they occur frequently or come-and-go. They can last a few minutes or days at a time and can elicit a band-like pressure or tight feeling around the head. Tension-type headaches are not usually brought on by routine activities but can sometimes cause some sensitivity to light.

Cervicogenic headaches are caused by another source not originating in the head. These are usually caused by tension in the neck and upper cervical region and can be felt in one or more regions of the head and face. Clinical, laboratory, and imaging evidence will help in identifying a disorder where the soft tissues of the neck can contribute to these types of headaches. These derive from the structures around the head and neck.

There are other types of headaches, such as cluster headaches and sinus headaches, but the 3 listed above are among the most prevalent. If you or anybody you know are experiencing any of the symptoms described above stop in for a free consultation with Dr. Goodman here at Good2Go Chiropractic in Palm Harbor where we specialize in treating various forms of headaches in Palm Harbor.

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