Types Of Headache

Get to Know The Common Headache Types- 2

Not all people suffer from the same kind of headache. In order to treat the problem in the best possible manner, it is imperative that you know your headache type in the first place. Here are some common headache types.

Migraine without aura
In medical terms, migraine can be described as a neurological syndrome where in the perceptions of the body change towards the external environment. Severe headache and nausea are most prominent traits of this headache type.

Causes/triggers
Heredity is an important cause of migraine headaches with aura. Changes in the environment such as weather changes, light, altitude etc may trigger a migraine headache. People who smoke excessively and deal with emotional stress may also suffer from migraine headaches frequently. Certain foods and menopausal hormones can also be the cause of a migraine headache with aura.

Symptoms
* Severe headache
* Pain on one side of the head
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Sensitivity to light and sound
* Cold hands

Treatment
Applying ice over the area in pain may be helpful in relieving a migraine headache. Medications or analgesics that constrict the blood vessels can also help treat migraine headaches. You can also use nasal spray or combination products that contain caffeine to treat the problem.
 
Prevention
There are several medicines that can help prevent migraine headaches with aura. Some of these medicines include beta blockers, anti convulsant, calcium blockers and NSAIDs.

Migraine with aura
This is also similar to a normal migraine headache. However, the only difference between migraine without aura and migraine with aura is that the latter is accompanied with visual disturbances. In migraine without aura, the patient develops warning symptoms.

Causes/triggers
The causes of migraine headache with aura and migraine headache without aura remain similar. a migraine headache with aura may be caused due to certain foods, hormonal imbalance, excessive smoking or caffeine consumption or changes in the immediate environment.

Symptoms
* Pain on one side of the head
* Nausea
* Visual disturbances before the headache erupts
* Numbness in the arm and leg prior to the headache

Treatment
You can treat migraine headaches with aura as soon as you notice warning symptoms such as visual disturbances or pain in certain body parts. Once the pain starts, you can use the same treatment as used for migraine headache without aura.

Prevention
Beta blockers, anti convulsant, calcium blockers and NSAIDs can be used to prevent migraine headache with aura.

Tumor headache
A severe headache type, tumor headache are caused due to tumors in the brain.

Causes/triggers
The cause of tumor that eventually results in a headache is usually unknown.

Symptoms
* Pain worsens with time
* Projectile vomiting
* Visual disturbances
* Coordination problems
* Seizures

Treatment
Tumors can only be treated if discovered at an early stage using surgery.

Prevention

None

Once you know the kind of headache you are suffering form, you will be able to treat the problem in a much better manner.