For those who don’t suffer from migraines, it’s very hard to understand that how debilitating they can be. But living with headache disorder is no walk in the park. People, who suffer from headache disorder can understand what I am talking about?

Everyone is not aware of the fact that there are 150 types of a headache (according to WebMD). Different kinds of a headache have their own set of signs and symptoms, different triggers/reasons and required a different kind of treatments.

For the right treatment and prevention, you must know that which kind of a headache you have.

Most common types of a headache are:

Tension headache

This is the most common type of a headache. Everyone has experienced it once in a while.Tension headaches often cause a pressure sensation around the head especially at the temples or back of the head and neck.The intensity of the pain increases from morning to evening.
Factors that seem to contribute to tension headaches are severe stress, fatigue, poor posture, and holding the head in an improper position for a long time. It also is known as a stress headache. It doesn’t  usually cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely halt daily activities.

Chronic tension headaches are rare and are often associated with head or neck injuries.
Painkillers are usually sufficient to treat them. If headaches last for a long time, consult your doctor. Also, try to be physically active, stretch your shoulders and neck regularly, and spend more time outdoors.

Sinus headache

This type of a headache is caused by sinusitis.They happen when cavities in your head, called sinuses, get inflamed. The pain usually comes along with other sinus symptoms, such as a runny nose, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and swelling in your face.  You’ll feel a deep pressure and pain in your forehead in the area of the eyebrows and under the eyes. The pain usually gets stronger when you move your head sharply. You may also have a running or blocked nose and feel tired.
Sinus headaches are also a common complication after having a cold or are the result of a seasonal allergy.
Sinus headaches rarely go away on their own. If you have an allergy, antihistamines may help. In other cases, it’s best to see a doctor who will most probably prescribe antibiotics.

Migraine headache

A migraine is often associated with a violation of the metabolic processes and dilation of blood vessels in the brain. A person also may inherit a genetic predisposition for developing migraines.
There’s currently no cure for migraines, although a number of treatments are available to help ease the symptoms. You need to see your doctor to choose the right medication. Moreover, regular exercise will help you improve your health significantly.
Migraines can run in families and are diagnosed using certain criteria.

A migraine may be foreshadowed by aura, such as visual distortions or hand numbness. (About 15% to 20% of people with migraines experience these.)
Migraines headaches are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from 4 hours to 3 days and usually happen one to four times per month. Along with the pain, people have other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, noise, or smells; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and upset stomach or belly pain.



Cluster headache

Cluster headaches are rare, affecting less than 1% of the population. A cluster headache may cause a stabbing pain behind or around your eyes, usually on one side of your head. It frequently develops during sleep. Symptoms may also include redness of the eyes, sensitivity to light, and lacrimation. The pain usually lasts from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Treating a cluster headache can be tricky because the pain appears and disappears spontaneously and at a moment’s notice. Only a doctor can help you solve this problem more common in males than females.

During an attack, people often feel restless and unable to get comfortable; they are unlikely to lie down, as someone with a migraine might. The cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but there may be a genetic component. There is no cure, but medication can cut the frequency and duration.

They’re called “cluster headaches” because they tend to happen in groups. You might get them one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months. The headaches may disappear completely for months or years, only to come back again.


People often have a headache after drinking alcohol. One of them suggests that alcohol causes blood vessel dilation and affects serotonin levels in the body. Moreover, alcohol promotes water loss and dehydration — major migraine triggers.
The best remedy is to take a painkiller, drink plenty of water, and get some good sleep.

You should take a hangover seriously If you are a migraine patient after consuming even a small amount of alcohol it can trigger your migraine.

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