If you have had headaches or migraines, then you have experienced how debilitating they can be. Not only can they disrupt your involvement in social, family, and work activities, but it can be extremely challenging to get the kind of help that actually works. An important detail to clarify is that headaches and migraines are not the same thing. A migraine is a neurological condition that includes headaches as one of its primary symptoms. We will look into a few other differences below. Below is a list of 12 different headache types.
- Common migraines: Migraines are generally described as severe throbbing or pounding head pain. Women are 3 times more likely to get them than men. Genetics, brain cell activity, and blood vessel and nerve function can all have a part in the development of migraines. Change is one of the more common migraine triggers, for example changes in hormones, stress, and eating or sleeping patterns.
- Classic migraines: This type is the same as the common migraine, but it includes an aura preceding it – a temporary visual or sensory change.
- Cluster headaches: These headaches are brief but extremely painful, and normally they only affect one side of the head. Their duration can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours. They happen regularly – even a number of times daily – and could be followed by a headache-free period of months or years. These kinds of headaches have a tendency to cause tearing or redness in one or both eyes, they are more common in men than in women, and their triggers can include alcohol, high altitudes, certain foods, and cigarettes.
- Dental headaches: Certain dental related conditions – bruxism (grinding your teeth at night) and TMJ (bad jaw alignment) for example – can contribute to headaches or even facial pain. If this could be a possible reason for your headache, be sure to check in with your dentist about it.
- Tension headaches: This is the most prevalent type of a headache and feels like a constant ache or pressure on both sides of the head or at the back of the head and neck. Stress, anxiety, bad posture, and jaw clenching are among the causes of this kind of headache. Tension headaches are usually not severe, but they have the possibility of becoming chronic. Ways to help with these are stress relief practices, massage, and relaxation.
- Rebound headaches: Also referred to as medication overuse headaches, they can develop over a period of time from using pain reliever medication regularly, such as more than twice a week. Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or triptans (used for migraines) can all lead to rebound headaches. If you suspect that this is what is triggering your headaches, check in with your doctor. The only way to recover from this headache type is to discontinue the use of the medication until it is out of your system.
- Caffeine headaches: Having too much or too little caffeine can trigger headaches. For example, when your body is accustomed to a certain amount of coffee, and you skip one morning, your body may let you know with a caffeine headache. On the flip side of this, if you have more than the usual amount, it can also cause a headache.
- Early morning headaches: Individuals with sleep apnea are known to get early morning headaches. Rebound headaches could happen as well, as their morning medication wears off later in the day.
- Sinus headaches: These types of headaches can be over diagnosed, with many people who have migraines assuming they are just sinus headaches. One study showed that 88% of people who thought they had a sinus headache were in fact suffering from a migraine. Similar symptoms – nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and watery eyes – happen in both types. However, what is important to note is that a true sinus headache will include nasal discharge that is green or tinged with red. Also, sinus headaches don’t cause the person to have a sensitivity light and sound or to become nauseated.
- Ice cream headaches: Also referred to as brain freeze, these headaches are painful but completely harmless. Interestingly, migraine sufferers are more likely to get them. Their medical name is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia and they are believed to be a response to the cold sensation of ice cream or a cold drink touching the roof of the mouth, increasing the blood flow to the brain’s arteries.
- Menstrual headaches: A few days prior to a woman’s period, the sudden drop in estrogen can result in triggering a migraine. They usually occur 3 days before or 2 days after the period. Another reason for migraines are related to PMS which happen about 6 days prior to a period and include moodiness, cramping, and other PMS symptoms.
- Chronic daily headaches: If your headache episodes happen for more than 15 days out of a month’s time for longer than three months, then you have a chronic condition. This may be caused from overusing of pain medication, an injury to the head or neck, or, in unusual cases, meningitis or tumors. If no cause is identifiable, then it could be caused by distorted pain signals in the body. What could be the cause of these? Read on to find out.
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Alleviating Headaches with Upper Cervical Care
There have been large amounts of money and time invested into researching ways to help people who suffer from the headaches listed above. The world of science is starting to understand more and more about headaches and migraines. The term neurovascular, which refers to blood flow, brain function, and how the head is situated on the neck, is being used more often in regard to headaches. A connection has been found between a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck – particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae – and migraine and headache onset. A misalignment like this can place pressure on the brainstem, causing it to work improperly, which results in headaches.
Here at Siple Spine and Wellness in Rochester, Minnesota, we use a method that is both gentle and precise to return the bones to their correct place without using force that causes popping or cracking the spine. This allows a more natural, longer-lasting adjustment that engages the body’s natural healing ability, often causing headaches to improve or go away completely.
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