Constant Headache – What You Can Do About It

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Are you among those individuals who suffer from a constant headache? If you are, then this article might just help. Here, you’ll find information about some of the various types of headaches and be able to identify what might be causing that constant headache of yours.

NHS has categorized headaches into two main types: primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches include tension headaches, migraine, and cluster headaches. Below is a more detailed explanation given by NHS:

Tension headaches are the most common, and what we think of as normal everyday headaches.

They feel like a dull ache with constant pressure around the front, top and sides of the head as if a rubber band has been stretched around it.

Stress is one cause, but there are lots of others, including drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough sleep, depression, skipping meals and becoming dehydrated.

Migraines are less common. If a headache is recurrent and disabling to the point of stopping you from carrying on with daily life, it may be a migraine.

People describe migraines as a pounding or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head.

Most people treat their migraines successfully with over-the-counter medication. If they’re severe, however, you may need stronger migraine-specific medication that is only available on prescription from a doctor.

Cluster headaches are a third type of primary headache. These excruciatingly painful headaches cause an intense pain around one eye. They’re rare and are called cluster headaches because they happen in clusters for a month or two at a time around the same time of year.

Pharmacy medications don’t ease the symptoms of a cluster headache, but a doctor can prescribe specific treatments to ease the pain.

Secondary headaches are those that include headaches that come on after drinking too much alcohol or after a head injury or concussion.

You may also get a headache when you’ve had:

  • a cold
  • flu
  • an allergic reaction
  • sinusitis – read more about sinus headaches

Some headaches are a side effect of taking a particular medication and frequent headaches can also be caused by taking too many painkillers.

Headaches in women are often caused by hormones, and many women notice a link with their periods. The Pill, the menopause and pregnancy are also potential triggers.

Source: NHS

Aside from identifying the type of headache that you may be suffering from, Better Health has provided different types of treatment for headaches

Treating a headache depends on its cause. Some of the various treatments include:

  • over-the-counter pain-relieving medications, such as aspirin or paracetamol
  • relaxation techniques, such as massage
  • changing your diet
  • alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or chiropractic
  • stress management
  • eliminating any medications that may be causing headache as a side effect, such as birth-control pills
  • medications that act on the arteries
  • treatment for any underlying disorder, such as high blood pressure, neck problems or jaw problems.

In addition to conventional medical treatment, you may benefit from the help of a complementary therapist. Usually, your doctor will have a list of trusted complementary therapists. If not, suggestions include:

Contact the professional association for your chosen therapy and ask for a list of members in your area.

  • Ask your friends for word-of-mouth recommendations.
  • During the first visit with your therapist, ask about their training and qualifications.
  • Treat with suspicion any therapist who advises you to stop your conventional medical treatment.

Source: Better Health

Headaches are really common, but what’s important is that you are able to identify the cause and afford yourself the right treatment.

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