The number one most common reason that people see their doctor is pain, and the top cause of pain is headache. Everyone who has had one knows they’re no fun at all. In some cases, just moving, or opening your eyes is enough to cause intense pain. Luckily headaches are manageable through various forms of medication and/or lifestyle changes and/or physical therapies. To get help now, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on “book appointment.”
What are the most common types of headaches?
There are numerous types and causes of headaches, all with varying levels of pain, from a dull, intermittent ache, to a sharp, unrelenting throbbing. Headache pain can originate from one small area, or it can feel like your whole head is in a vice. The most common type of headache is called a ‘tension’ headache, caused by tightness in your shoulder, jaw, and neck muscles, the result of stress, lack of sleep, and/or poor diet.
From a medical perspective, headaches are classified into three general categories:
- Primary headaches:
This class of headaches include the most common forms – tension and migraine, both of which, though not life-threatening, can be debilitating, seriously degrading quality of life. At the same time, primary headaches can be short-lived, manageable through medications and physical therapies such as massage.
These headaches are potentially more dangerous as they are generally the symptom of an underlying problem, such as an infection, poor bone structure, a brain tumor, substance abuse, a physical trauma such as a concussion, or a life-threatening disease such as HIV.
- Facial and cranial nerve pain:
This category covers headaches caused by cranial nerve inflammation and irritation. The most common, Trigeminal Neuralgia, is the inflammation of a facial nerve which causes intense bouts of pain, enough to make you cringe and cry out. These headaches can happen once every few years, or once every few seconds.
How can I find relief?
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