Headache on head top, or a tension-type headache (TTH), is apain usually described as a tight band fitting around your head orthe feeling of a weight placed the crown of your head. This type ofheadache is the most common type of headache that is located on thetop of the head. During a top of head headache there is constantpressure or aching around the head and the neck or shoulders mayalso hurt. The pain can last anywhere from 30 minutes to severaldays or hurt continuously. If left uncorrected, a headache on headtop can become more disabling as it turns into a chronictension-type headache.
The Difference Between Headache on Head Top andMigraine
There are a few differences between a headache on head top and amigraine. Depending on what you have, treatments options candiffer. While all symptoms below may not be present for everyone,these are typical symptoms found in those who experience a headacheon head top and migraines.
Head top headaches do the following:
- Occur sudden without warning
- Pain is more likely to be all over
- No nausea
- No throbbing
- No visual disturbances
- Uncommon to start during sleep
- No sensitivity to noise or light
As for migraines, they have the following differences:
- Occur after warning signs or an aura
- Pain is more likely to be one-sided
- May experience nausea and/or vomiting
- Contains visual disturbances
- Common to start during sleep
- Sensitivity to noise or light
Common Headache on Head TopTreatments
The best treatment would be to remove the cause of the head topheadache; unfortunately, the most common treatments do not targetthe cause. Over the counter medications are used to help relieveheadache on head top pain. Medications used may includenonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs, andpain relievers. Common NSAIDs used are ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen(Aleve), and aspirin (Bayer). As for pain relievers, acetaminophen(Tylenol) is also common.
Although medications may provide a quick fix, the underlyingcause of the headache on head top is still there and leftuntreated. NSAIDs are used to reduce inflammation by reducing theproduction of prostaglandins. However, prostaglandins are chemicalsin the body that protect your stomach lining and intestines fromthe effects of acid, promote normal kidney functions, and promoteblood clotting by activating blood platelets. Since NSAIDs reducethe production of prostaglandins, it can lead to the creation ofulcers in your stomach and intestines as well as increase your riskof bleeding.
To add to this, NSAIDs could cause side effects. The most commonside effects people have experienced while using NSAIDs includevomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache,reduced appetite, drowsiness, and rash. There is a chance NSAIDsmay also cause your arms and legs to swell from the retention ofkidney fluid. As for the more serious side effects of takingNSAIDs: bleeding, ulcers, liver failure (although rare), and kidneyfailure may occur.
Using acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headache on head top reliefalso has a list of common side effects. Side effects that can occurfrom using acetaminophen include stomach pain, loss of appetite,nausea, rash, headache, dark urine, itching, jaundice (this isyellowing of the skin or eyes), and clay-colored stools. It is alsoimportant to note that if you overuse acetaminophen, you coulddevelop severe liver damage so those who use acetaminophen shouldnever take more than the recommended amount. When you takeacetaminophen, your liver will turn it into a different substanceand when there is too much of this substance produced it can startto damage your liver.
A Better Treatment for Headache on HeadTop
Medication should be seen more as a last resort rather than thefirst choice. This is because medication never corrects the causeand is only made to mask your symptoms. There is a treatment outthere that is completely natural, safe, and comes with no sideeffects that negatively impact your body. If you are suffering fromheadaches on head top, you may find the relief you are looking forunder upper cervical adjustments.
First, upper cervical is not like general chiropractic and isvery different! Usually when people think of chiropractors theythink of cracking or popping of the spine, but upper cervicaladjustments are quite the opposite. Upper cervical focuses on thetop two bones of the spine located in the cervical area right underthe base of the skull. The top two bones (the Atlas and the Axis)protect your brain stem and any small misalignment will cause thebones to shift and squeeze your brain stem. The pressure applied onthe brain stem from misalignments change how the body perceivespain and balance. The brain stem controls the flow of communicationbetween the brain and body and when it is squeezed thiscommunication is disrupted and causes significant changesthroughout your body including your breathing, blood pressure,heart rate, and immune system to name a few. To add to this, asqueezed brain stem can lead to neurological problems as wellincluding muscle weakness, loss of sensation, poor cognitiveabilities, unexplained pain, and brain fog.
During a headache, your brain stem could be abnormallysensitizing your nerves and set off a reaction of pain in thebrain. Since a disrupted brain stem can alter how your brainperceives pain and/or cause one to feel pain due to the pressureapplied on the nerves, it could be causing your headache on headtop pain.
In order to take the pressure off the brain stem and return itand the other nerves back to normal function, the misalignments inthe upper cervical area need to be corrected. Because of the neckregion being a delicate area, upper cervical adjustments are gentleand very precise with no cracking or popping involved. Patients whoexperience headaches on head top not only find relief as soon asthe very first adjustment but notice long term results with thecause being corrected.