There are three main categories that nearly all headaches are classified:
Tension headache sufferers have experienced pain lasting for several days each month, often occurring later in the day, leading to sleep deprivation. Pressures on the sides, top and front of the head are typical locations for these debilitating pains. Due to lost sleep and overall fatigue, sufferers also tend to have trouble with concentration, leading to missed work and decreased quality time.
Those suffering from Cluster Headaches have claimed the pain associated with outbreaks as being nearly unbearable. These attacks radiate waves of pain through the jaw, face, eyes and cranium. Outbreaks can last up to three hours, leaving the afflicted completely incapacitated, unable to perform even the simplest of tasks.
Ranging from severe to moderate, migraines often result from a chronic neurological disorder. The length of these headaches can last for several days, going into remission only to return with a vengeance. Migraines can lead to an intense pulsing sensation, with constant throbbing in one isolated area of the head.
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What Causes Headaches
Several common conditions have been known to result in chronic headaches for a vast majority of sufferers.
Emotional stress, excessive worrying and mental fatigue have long been leading reasons for headache outbreaks. Constant worry and mental stress have long been leading reasons for frequent headache outbreaks.
A family history of headaches has lead to studies showing a link in genetics. Parents who have suffered from chronic headaches are likely to have children who predisposed to more frequent attacks.
Changes In Blood Sugar
Blood sugar levels that fluctuate can cause chemical changes resulting in severe headaches.
Bright Lights / Loud Noises
Several headache sufferers have stated an aversion to bright lights and loud noises, as this sensory overload can trigger immediate headaches.
Certain lifestyle habits have resulted in frequent headaches including smoking, alcohol consumption, posture, sleep patterns and working environment.
Consuming certain foods such as sugars, carbohydrates and caffeine have been known to result in a variety of headaches in many test subjects.
Treatments For Headaches
In order to properly treat your headache, your physician will perform a thorough examination. A combination of treatment may be implemented intended to produce the best results. Some methods that have proven successful included:
Combinations of ergonomics and relaxation techniques have proven to provide relief from chronic headaches.
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SPG Nerve Block
A nasal spray that reaches the source of the headache: the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) nerve bundle.
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A series of adjustments can produce positive results in limiting the frequency of headache attacks.
A variety of injections may be utilized to limit pain signals from specific nerves to the brain.
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Nutritional & Lifestyle Direction
Detailed nutritional advice and changes to lifestyle choices to help relieve headache pain and limit outbreaks.
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