Types of Headaches
Headaches are classified into different types and level of pain. Understanding the information from the International Headache Society (IHS) will give us a better outlook on how to deal with headaches.
- Primary headaches (migraine, tension, cluster headaches)
- Secondary headaches (hangover, blot clot, glaucoma, anxiety, etc.)
- Facial or cranial headaches
A cluster headache can cause an unbearable pain that happens on one side of the head. It can be above the eyes, around or behind them. Generally in a swirling pattern, thus it is called “cluster”.
Skipping meals, stress or lack of sleep can result in tension headaches.
Secondary headaches can be a result of alcohol, stress, blood clot, anxiety, eye disorders (such as glaucoma.) They are called secondary because they stimulate structures and nerves in the head causing you pain.
The IHS guideline also notes that a person may experience a combination of two or more types of headache. The headache could be a mix of primary and secondary types.
Common Causes of Headaches
The following are some of the common causes of headaches:
- Stress, anxiety, emotional problems
- Lifestyle habits
- Injury, accidents or trauma to the brain
Signs and Symptoms
May may be getting a headache when you have the following signs:
- Pain on one part of the head or both sides
- Dizziness, nausea, vomiting
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Abdominal pain
- High fever
- Poor vision
Headaches may seem to be simple pains you can overcome with pain relievers. But if you can’t get a good night’s sleep due to a headache or it has become chronic, there could be some underlying causes.