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Three Common Headaches Explained by HealthSource

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1: Tension Headaches - The most common type of headache. They are caused by muscle strain, or contraction. The pain is usually located on the forehead or the back of the head and neck. The pain is usually described as a dull ache, or a bandlike sensation surrounding your head as if you were wearing a tight bathing cap.

Usually, these headaches begin gradually and then last from a few hours to several weeks. Factors that may trigger them include stress, diet, fatigue, and poor posture.

2: Migraine Headaches - Migraine headaches are a general term and may take many forms. The headache pain occurs when the blood vessels of the head dilate (expand) and press on sensitive nerve endings. Conditions that may trigger migraine headaches include stress, certain foods, fatigue and the menstrual cycle.

The most common type of migraine is called a common migraine. Another type of migraine headache is known as a classic migraine. These headaches are often preceded by an “aura” (unusual visual sensations, such as blotches or sparkles), or by sensations of weakness, numbness, or tingling. The victim may also experience nausea, vomiting, cold hands and feet, and a feeling of soreness or exhaustion afterward. Though these headaches are just as severe as the common migraine, they generally do not last as long (24 hours or less).

3: Cluster Headaches - Cluster headaches are sometimes classified as migraines because the pain is caused by dilation of the blood vessels.

The name “cluster” describes the way the headaches come in distinct clustered episodes. In other words, you may have a bout of headaches for a week or two and then not experience them again for some time. Attacks usually last 15 to 30 minutes and occur in violent, punishing repetition. More men than women suffer from these headaches, and most sufferers are over 40 years old. Alcohol is a common trigger.

A headache can be serious. Before you get to the point of regular pain or worse, schedule a consultation by calling a location near you!