What is a Headache?
Common Types of Headaches
Tension headache: This is one of the most common headaches. It’s usually ambiguous since it can’t be attributed to a particular cause. It’s characterized by tight muscles on your scalp and the back of your neck. It can be episodic, or chronic.
Cluster headache: This is the type of headache which affects only one side of the head, normally near the eyes.
Migraine: This is recognized as a neurological disorder that’s often recurrent.
Sinus headache: This happens when you are diagnosed with sinusitis.
Causes of Headaches
The causes of headaches vary greatly. However, anything which stimulates the pain receptors in your head and/or neck, can cause headaches.
Some of the more common causes of headaches include, but not limited to;
- Eye problems.
- Hormonal influences.
- Muscular tension.
- Jaw or dental problems.
- Nervous system disorder.
- Injury to the head, spine or/and neck.
- High blood pressure.
- Poor posture.
- Hangover from abusing drugs or alcohol.
- Extreme temperatures.
- Dehydration and many others.
Signs and Symptoms of Headaches
- Pain in any region or side of your head, scalp, neck, and/or ears.
- Blurry vision.
- Nausea and/or vomiting.
- Stiff neck.
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound.
In the more severe cases, a headache can be accompanied by;
- Difficulty walking, talking and carrying out other regular activities.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Lack of appetite.
- Weight loss, among others.