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What kind of headache is it?

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January 22nd, 2013

Headaches are rarely serious, but they can certainly get in the way of your enjoyment of life. If you suffer from them three or more times each month, talk to your doctor about preventive treatment measures. But in the meantime, when you start feeling that discomfort or throbbing, what s the best treatment? Tension headaches are the most common. They are caused by tightening or tensing of neck and facial muscles. They tend to have a dull, aching quality and a gradual onset. They can be caused by factors such as stress, sleep problems, muscle tension, allergies, or certain medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to banish a typical tension headache. You can also try heat or ice packs on your face or neck. Migraine headaches are a type of vascular headache, which means they are related to a problem with your blood vessels. They are characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, and sometimes disturbed vision. Prescription medication along with avoidance of certain foods such as cheese, chocolate, or food additives are the best options for prevention and treatment. Cluster headaches occur on a periodic basis (in clusters ) and are more common in men. Severe pain is usually located around one eye and lasts from a few minutes to several hours. They can be caused by certain medications, smoking, alcohol use, or a change in your normal sleep pattern. Prescription medication is usually prescribed for people with this type of headache. Seek help right away if, along with a headache, you experience other symptoms such as stiff neck, blurred vision, fever, confusion, or eye or ear pain. You should also seek medical attention if a headache is severe and/or comes on suddenly.