What are the different types of Headaches

What are the different types of Headaches

​And Why is it Important?

It is easy to laugh as we express the thought that our friends give us a headache, or even a pain in a much lower, more unmentionable region of the body. Believe it or not though, the tension that exists between people who do not get along, can create very real, physical symptoms, including headaches.

How can you tell what kind of headache you are suffering from? Should you go to the emergency room when you have a headache? Should you see your family doctor if you get a headache? In truth, there are times when you may need to consult a doctor if you are suffering from chronic headaches.

You may be experiencing much more complex medical problems that you are not aware of, and the headaches are merely a symptom of an underlying cause much more troubling from a medical perspective. How can you tell what kind of headache ails you though?

What are the most common types of headaches?

  • Cluster headaches

  • Hormone headaches

  • Migraine headaches

  • Rebound headaches

  • Sinus headaches

  • Tension headaches

Should you take two aspirin and call your doctor in the morning? Should you visit the emergency room? The short answer is that it depends on what type of suffering you are enduring, and knowing what kind of headache do you have.

​What are Cluster Headaches?

The reason these are called “Cluster” headaches is because they generally come and go over the course of several weeks. The pain is generally limited to a single side of the head, and may also include swelling around the eyes, a watering of the eyes, and occasionally even nasal congestion.

Cluster headaches tend to last anywhere from 15 minutes up to around 3 hours and will constantly come and go, though not apparently following any set schedule. Cluster headaches are generally caused by a neurological disorder or similar problems.

It may be a good idea to seek out a medical consultation with your family doctor if you experience similar symptoms, as any neurological disorder has the potential to lead to bigger and more pressing medical problems. The pain from cluster headaches may be temporarily alleviated by over the counter pain medications, but if no family doctor is available, a neurological medical specialist should be consulted.

​What are Hormone Headaches?

As may be indicated by the name, the hormone headaches are caused by a hormonal imbalance, primarily due to decreased levels of estrogen, though the hormone headaches may also be caused by lower levels of progesterone if it is combined with lower estrogen levels in the female body.

The hormone headaches are most commonly associated with the female menstrual cycle, but may also be prevalent during pregnancy or during menopause. Additional causation for hormonal headaches may be abrupt changes in diet, exercise, or even vitamins and supplements that may upset the natural hormonal balance in the female body.

Hormonal headaches may be chronic as they will repeat during cyclical events. The hormonal headaches tend to be more akin to the migraines, creating a serious level of discomfort and pain. A consultation with an endocrinologist may be able to provide some relief for most hormonal headaches, and additional preventative measures in order to reduce the frequency and intensity of the migraines associated with the hormonal headaches.

​What are Migraine Headaches?

Migraine headaches tend to be among the most painful and intense types of headaches. The migraine headache can generally be identified by the pulsating or throbbing pain in the head. This constant pain is often accompanied by increased sensitivities to visual and audio stimuli, (or light and sound) which may induce increased levels of pain, nausea and vomiting.

Migraine headaches may occur as a result of nerve damage or damage to the nervous system, and may be accompanied or preceded by symptoms known as auras. Since many of these symptoms or precedents may also be associated with nerve damage, neurological disorders, or even strokes, immediately seek out the closest emergency room, most notably if this is the first instance of any of the following symptoms.

What are the most Common Auras associated with migraine headaches?

  • Hallucinations or other visual reactions such as seeing bright flashes of light or bright spots

  • An experience akin to limbs being “asleep” and the associated “tingling sensation” in arms, legs, or the extremities such as hands, feets, or their digits

  • Audio hallucinations including the presence of noises or music with no readily apparent source

  • Loss of motor nerve function resulting in uncontrollable twitching or other reactive motions with no apparent cause

  • An inability to speak coherently

  • Temporary loss of vision

  • Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body similar to the onset of a stroke and which should indicate an immediate need to seek out emergency medical care

Migraine headaches may be severe and long-lasting enough to effectively leave an individual disabled, and may be the result of any different number of causes. Chronic migraines may be an indication that there are additional medical problems that need to be tested for, found and treated as soon as possible. Chronic migraines, as noted here, can lead to additional disabilities and whenever possible, the causes should be sought out through medical consultations with a certified doctor.

​What are Rebound Headaches?

Rebound headaches are the result of the misuse or abuse of additional medicines used to fight off a previously existing headache or sinus condition. The most common medicines abused to create rebound headaches include acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and sinus relief medication, in addition to narcotic medication such as sleeping pills, codeine, and others.

Recurring or chronic rebound headaches may be an indication of substance abuse in its early stages, or otherwise seen as an indicator that the methods by which the medications are being ingested needs to be revised. It is important that a certified medical professional is contacted, and at the very least, engage in a thorough examination and consultation regarding the causes for the rebound headaches.

​What are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches are often the result of either allergies or infections of the sinus or nasal cavities. Symptoms for sinus headaches will generally include stuffy or clogged sinuses, though may include runny sinuses on some occasions. The clogged sinuses are more often the cause, as the congestion puts pressure within the cavities resulting in the onset of the facial and head pain.

Sinus medication will generally be focused on curing the underlying cause rather than alleviating the symptoms associated with the sinus headaches. The resulting reduction in sinus pressure however, should result in a lessening of the pain generally associated with sinus headaches.

If the issues with the sinuses continue, it may be an indication of allergies or other medical problems that may require medical attention from a certified medical specialist. The Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist will generally be the best doctor to visit for such problems, but most family doctors or general practitioners should be capable of determining if there is a need to visit such a specialist.

​What are Tension Headaches?

Tension headaches are among the most common types of headaches and include stress induced headaches. (Yes, this is where you get to blame your family and friends that overstay their welcome for that constant pain in your … head) What may be surprising is just how many different causes there are for tension headaches.

It is generally very easy to determine which factors in our lives create the greatest levels of stress, but there may also be many additional factors at play. Getting caught in a major traffic jam for one example, may be sufficient to create enough stress to bring about a tension headache, though it may also be exacerbated by the presence of exhaust fumes, heat, and other causes at the same time.

Tension headaches may also be caused by added pressure at work or at home, especially around the holidays or when there is an imminent deadline looming in the near future. While the causes for tension headaches tends to be largely emotional in terms of stress-induced headaches, there may be physical causes for these headaches as well, the noxious fumes being just one example among many.

It may be tempting to just grab an aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen and be done with it, but it is still important to consult with a family doctor or other medical professional in order to avoid any potential problems where the cure ends up being worse than the cause.

Why Should I Visit AHCMD in Boca Raton for my Headaches?

An ounce of prevention may be better than a pound of cure, but if someone seeks out the wrong prevention, it could be a fatal error and the last mistake they will ever make. The old adage about “better safe than sorry” also comes to mind. A headache may be just a temporary, passing discomfort, but it may very well be indicative of a larger medical problem.

Whether you need to find a family doctor, a general practitioner, or even a personal physician, AHCMD in Boca Raton can ensure that you can select from the best available options, each in their respective fields. This is equally true when you are trying to find the best medical specialists in Florida. No matter what kind of headache pain you may be enduring at present, AHCMD can help you to have a pain-free medical experience, at least in terms of service.


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