Understanding Head Pain

Posted in Head Pain Disorder Headache Pain on 09/20/2019 00:00 AM

Migraine and severe headache pain are the leading causes ofdisability across the United States. With many specific treatmentsbecoming more costly, it is hard to find good treatments forfamilies with median or below average income. What makes this evenmore difficult, is how many medications and surgeries only providea temporary relief and instead of targeting the cause of the headpain, medications and surgeries target head pain symptoms.

But why is finding an affordable treatment for head pain thattargets the underlying cause of the head pain so important?Although head pain is common, it could be debilitating – making ithard to do simple everyday tasks and taking away from your qualityof life. Head pain is also a way of your body saying, “Hey!Something’s not right!” and should be listened to before theunderlying cause of the head pain becomes much worse over time –which is why taking time in understanding head pain is soimportant.

Most head pain is annoying, painful, and not dangerous but theyall happen for a reason and when it comes to understanding headpain, not everyone gets what the sufferer goes through and maydismiss it as a small issue. Understanding head pain types willhelp you adjust or support a loved one who may be having adifficult time with it.

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Tension-Type Headaches

Tension-type headaches are extremely common and almost everyonewill experience a tension-type headache. During a tension-typeheadache, muscles may feel knotted and parts of the head and neckcan become sensitive. These feel like a constant, dull,non-throbbing pain and as if your head is wrapped tightly. Thoseexperience tension-type headaches for 15 days or more per month forup to three months may have chronic tension headaches. Chronictension headaches may trigger more stress on the person and lead todepression; in turn, both stress and depression may lead to evenmore headaches.

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When it comes to understanding head pain behind tension-typeheadaches, these usually result from stress (mental and/orphysical). Tension-type headaches are not usually severe or get inthe way of a person’s life, but they can still affect one’s mood;however, others may have painful tension headaches or tensionheadaches that last for long periods of time in which their dailylife could be affected. Tension-type headaches can last anywherefrom 30 minutes to 7 days. Since tension-type headaches are usuallytriggered by stress put on the body, it could be either outsidestress or stress within the body’s system causing it. 

 

Migraine Headaches

It is hard to go into understanding head pain associated withmigraine headaches unless you have experienced it. Head pain frommigraine headaches can be extremely tough to live with, causingmany migraine sufferers to miss work and is the 6th most disablingillness in the world. Most migraine sufferers experience a migraineattack once or twice a month that can last anywhere from a coupleof hours to a few days, but more than 4 million migraine sufferershave daily chronic migraines totaling to at least 15 days ofmigraines per month.

Migraines are also not a headache and often means something iswrong in the upper cervical area and there are many things that canbring about an attack. For those living with migraines, it isimportant to know what type of pain they go through in case theyneed support. It is very common for sufferers to become depressedand miss out on daily activities due to migraines. Understandinghead pain from migraines are very different from tension-typeheadaches; migraines come with many disabling symptoms that causesa person to have to stop everything they are doing to attend to it.It is very hard to be comfortable during a migraine attack, so itis common for the sufferer to separate themselves from noise andlie down in a dark room while cutting off all sources of light.

 

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Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches, just like their name, arrive in bunches overa course of weeks and can go on for up to 6 to 12 weeks on average.To begin understanding head pain that comes along with clusterheadaches, we first need to point out they are not liketension-type headaches either. The head pain when experiencingcluster headaches is a severe, piercing sensation that can peakwithin minutes. Cluster headache head pain is unilateral (happenson only one side of the head) and may last from 30 minutes to 2hours only to come back shortly after. Although another clusterheadache follows typically a day or two later, it is possible tohave four or more cluster headaches in one day.

When it comes to understanding head pain related to clusterheadaches, sufferers will go through this severe piercing painevery day for weeks or months at a time. Sufferers of clusterheadaches may show signs of having poor memory, poorer quality oflife and a disturbance in their mood as they typically strikequickly without warning.

 

Sinus Headaches

Understanding head pain from sinus headaches is quite simple. Asinus headache comes with pain located in the forehead, cheeks,eyes, nose, and in some cases on the top of the person’s head.There have been reports of those who experience sinus headaches tofeel as if they have pressure built up behind their face. An acutesinus headache will last no more than 8 weeks or occur up to threetimes a year with each attack lasting no more than 10 days. Chronicsinus headaches will last longer than 8 weeks or occur more thanfour times a year and last more than 20 days each time.

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There are a lot of people who experience head pain who believethey are having a sinus headache when they are actually having amigraine; this is why taking the time in understanding head paindifferences between the four types of head pain is important asmigraines require different treatments and both are associated tocompletely different problems. 

 

 

Is There a Safe Natural Treatment for These Headaches?

Knowing the different types of head pain is the first step inunderstanding head pain and how different they can be. All fourtypes have the possibility in affecting a person’s quality of life.Head pain is not something one can simply ignore when it’s constantand debilitating. It can deprive one of energy, productivity, andoverall daily life. 

Fortunately, there is hope. Many patients who have suffered headpain and had continued to suffer after medication and surgery havefound great relief in a natural upper cervical chiropractictreatment for head pain. Unlike general chiropractic, uppercervical chiropractic treatment for head pain targets the uppercervical area of the spine (just under your skull) and can helpheal the underlying cause of your head pain.

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