What are the different types of headaches?
The most common types of headaches include:
Tension headaches result from tension in the muscles around the shoulder, neck, and head. They’re the most common and may cause headache pain to come and go.
Cluster headaches can feel like an intense burning or piercing pain behind your eye. The throbbing pain is consistent and often debilitating. Since they occur in groups, they’re called cluster headaches.
Migraines produce severe throbbing, usually on one side of your head, that can last for hours or even days. These headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vision disturbances, and digestive troubles.
If your headache is the result of a trauma, it’s always best to seek prompt medical attention at Clear Creek Emergency Room.
What causes headaches?
There are over 150 different types of headaches, and the number of causes are as numerous. The most common headaches are triggered by factors that may include:
Stress is a common trigger that prompts your body to release certain chemicals that cause changes in your blood vessels, often leading to a headache.
Certain foods and beverages, like alcohol, can trigger headaches. In people who are sensitive to them, specific food additives, such as nitrates or monosodium glutamate (MSG) may bring on a headache.
If you’ve been involved in a collision or fall where your head took the brunt of the impact, a headache could be the sign of a concussion, and you should be evaluated right away.
Often, headaches are a symptom of another health condition, the most common being sinus headaches. These headaches are a result of a sinus infection, which creates a dull throbbing behind your cheeks and eyes. Allergies may also contribute to sinus headaches.
A few other examples of diseases or conditions that may cause a headache include:
- Brain tumor
- Brain aneurysm
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- High blood pressure, or hypertension
- Encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain
While most headaches aren't serious and go away on their own, some may signal a more serious condition that requires emergency medical care.
How is the cause of a headache diagnosed?
Thanks to a well-equipped facility, the doctors at Village Emergency Centers review your symptoms, perform an examination, and order testing based on your symptoms. These tests may include:
- An MRI
- A CT scan
- Cognitive tests
Rest assured that the doctors do everything in their power to diagnose the underlying cause of your headache and relieve the pain.
If a headache is causing you extreme discomfort, visit the Village Emergency Centers for emergency care.