You wake up with an enormous headache. As you stumble to the medicine cabinet to find some relief, you look to see which pill you should take. Should you go for the caffeine-filled pill for migraines, the aspirin, or the ibuprofen? This all depends on the kind of headache you have. Different types of headache pains are your body’s way of telling you something.
The most common type of a headache is a tension headache. Life can be stressful and your body will let you know when it’s too much by giving you some killer pain in your skull. It can be caused by stress, eye strain, anxiety, or alcohol to name a few.
Also common are the cluster headaches and headaches caused by the overuse of medicine. A sinus headache is a little more rare but still somewhat common. Some people suffer from SUNCT headaches which are headaches that are sharp and stabbing and occur multiple times a day. Usually these can only be treated with an IV. A trauma can cause a headache such as a car accident or bumping your head on something. Finally there are exertion headaches which come from too much exercise or even rigorous s*x.
If you experience any of these types of headaches and normal medication at home does not help, you may need to go to see a headache specialist. Make sure that you keep track of the headaches so that you will have the answers to these four important questions in order to get a proper diagnosis:
- Where is your pain located? (All over, behind one eye, one side, forehead)
- What does the pain feel like? (Throbbing or pounding, sharp, tightness or pressure, deep, dull)
- When do your headaches happen? (Morning, gradually through the day, randomly, at the same time every day)
- How often do you have headaches? (1-6 days per month, 1-7 days per week, 1-4 per day for 3-8 weeks, more often than not)