There are different types of headaches. Do you know which one you are experiencing?
Tension headaches is the most common. The discomfort usually begins in the forehead, temples, or the back of your head or neck. It causes a feeling of pressure in head and neck muscles. The headache occurs after feeling stressed, fatigued, or angry.
Sinus headaches cause throbbing pain and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead. The pain worsens when you bend or lie down. They develop when the sinuses become swollen, usually from allergies or a sinus infection. You might not be able to breathe well through your nose and your sense of taste or smell is diminished. If it is a sinus infection, you’ll likely have a low-grade fever and either yellow or green nasal discharge, a sore throat, a cough, and sometimes fatigue.
Rebound headaches occur when you take migraine medications too often or use more than recommended dose of Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Once the medication wears off, the headache comes back.
Cluster headaches strike without warning. The head pain feels severe and usually occurs on one side of your head. Your eyes tear and turn bloodshot and your nose runs on one side. Often they begin in the middle of the night and may last for weeks. They may be a result of a chemical reaction in the brain.
Migraines often begin as a dull ache that develops into a throbbing and pulsating pain. The pain is near the temples as well as the front or back of the head, usually on one side, but can spread to both sides. Sometimes it is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. Some people also experience auras. If you experience 15 or more of these a month, you are diagnosed with chronic migraines.
What can you do? Medications may ease symptoms. A warm pack to the area may also help. Follow up with your doctor if nothing eases your pain.