If you have a headache, the first thing to uncover is the cause of your headache. There are many different types of headaches, and not all headaches are the same. But one thing is certain: they all involve pain, and many headaches can also trigger other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
Some of the more common headache types are: Tension Headaches, Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and Sinus Headaches.
Tension Headaches are usually on both sides of your head and many times begin at the back of your head and then spread up and forward with dull or a squeezing type of pain that may feel like a tight band or vice grip. You may also experience tightness or soreness in your jaw, neck and or shoulders. Tension Headaches may be related to holding your head and neck in an abnormal position, and may also be related to depression, anxiety and stress. A head injury may also be related to a tension headache.
Migraine Headaches are very severe headaches that oftentimes occur with other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, vision changes and light sensitivity. Migraine pain may begin on one side of your head but may also spread to both sides, and may be a pulsating, pounding or throbbing type of pain. There may be certain triggers for migraines, such as MSG, caffeine withdrawal, chocolate, certain types of cheeses, alcohol, and lack of sleep. You may also experience an aura or a group of warning symptoms before the migraine starts, and as you move around, the pain continues to worsen.
Cluster Headaches often appear several times a day for a number of months, but will then disappear for a number of months. They may be very sharp and painful.
Sinus Headaches usually occur in the front of your head and face, and are caused by swelling of the sinus passages that are behind your eyes, nose and cheeks. The pain is usually worse upon arising in the morning and when you bend forward.
Other types of headaches:
Rebound Headaches are headaches that keep coming back. They may occur from the overuse of painkillers. If you take pain medication for more than 3 days a week on a regular basis, you may develop this type of headache.
Headaches may also occur with other conditions such as the cold or flu or a fever, or premenstrual syndrome. There may also be other unknown causes of headaches.
A swollen or inflamed artery that supplies blood to the head and neck region can occur with a condition called temporal arteritis and may also present with headache symptoms.
At the Natural Medicine Clinic in Spartanburg, we search for the cause(s) of your headache. By so doing, we can then properly address it using natural methods. We do this by obtaining a comprehensive history and exam, and appropriate diagnostic tests. Contact us today to schedule your appointment so that we can help you! Call (864)708-2567.
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