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Classification Of Headaches

Thursday, May 20 2010


Before we try and identify the major headache types, it is better to first know what a headache is. A headache can be simply defined as a pain that occurs in the head. The pain can come from behind the head or on the upper side of the neck as a result of the muscles or blood vessels in the area tightening or swelling. When these areas are pressurized, the nerves send a number of messages to the brain that signals a pain. This results in a headache.

There can be different causes for each type of headache. Now let’s have a closer look at the different headache types.

The major headache types can be stated as migraine headaches, tension headaches or the acute tension type headache, cluster headaches, chronic daily headaches, the ice pick also known as the ice cream headache, sinister headache, etc.

Of all the headache types, the migraine headache is experienced by majority of people in the world. Studies show that at least 17% of women suffer from migraine headache types and around 6% men suffer from same. Many people know how migraine headaches tend to impact their day-to-day activities. A migraine headache can last from a mere 4 hours to almost 3 days. Patients who suffer from severe cases of migraine headache types experience nausea and vomiting.

The acute tension headache is milder than migraine headaches. It is known to occur in almost half the population on a monthly basis. Another one of the major headache types is the chronic daily headache. This can occur around 10 to 15 days per month, over a six month period. Men seem to get this type of headache more than women.

The cluster headache is quite rare among many patients. In addition to the headache, patients sometimes suffer from having either blocked or runny noses and red puffed up eyes.

The ice pick or the ice cream headache is quite different from all the other headache types. The pain that comes as a result of this headache is short and piercing, usually lasting from a few seconds to minutes. This is similar to a flash of lightening.
A sinister headache is quite dangerous. If you have passed your 30’s and find yourself getting headaches all the time, it is better to get a medical check-up done. Some patients suffer from increased cases of vomiting with the combination of migraine headaches lasting for days. Meningitis can be one reason if you suffer from headaches for more than 3 days.


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