Headache suffers know that headaches are no joke. They can sometimes be so debilitating that the pain interferes with daily activities of living, the ability to work, and just getting on with life in general!
Yet, the type of headache you have may be trying to tell you that there’s a deeper issue going on inside of your body. Which type of headache do you suffer from? Tension, sinus, cluster, and migraine headaches are the most common types, but they all point to different health issues.
Headaches are one of the most common conditions that are seen hospital emergency rooms. For the most part, they are not life-threatening.
However, thunderclap headaches, or the sudden onset of headaches when you’ve never experienced one before may actually be cause for concern. You’ll definitely want to make a visit to the doctor sooner rather than later if you experience these symptoms, or if you have a headache in combination with changes in vision, mood or digestion.
If throbbing, pulsating pain affects only one side of the head:
This is a migraine headache, which can be chronic and is extremely debilitating. It can force one to stay home from work for a “sick day” because the pain is unbearable and one can’t think clearly. The bad news is that it can last for up to 72 hours.
Symptoms include a feeling of nausea, and extreme sensitivity to light and noise. Visual disturbances such as “flashes” may be present.
Migraine headaches can be triggered by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, food additives such as MSG, alcoholic drinks, strong chemical smells, or just plain stress.
Treatment options include the use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. Acupuncture, massage therapy, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, and high doses of vitamin B2/riboflavin may also help. Lying alone in a quiet, dark room can alleviate some of the pain associated with light and noise sensitivity.