Severe Headaches -


Introduction -
Headache is a very common form of ailment experienced by all at one time or the other. It sometimes becomes a symptom of a range of other conditions (not very serious and serious ones too) right from common cold, flu, hangover to meningitis, strokes, brain tumors.
Types of Severe Headaches -
Migraines -
Usually seen more in women than in men, they may be seen in kids but usually occur in teenagers. They are typically throbbing or piercing, one-sided headaches, accompanied by vomiting and nausea. They may be mild or severe. Migraine sufferers become very sensitive to light or sound. Though, a one-sided headache, pain may be experienced on both the sides of the head, or on different sides of the head every time. The symptoms (occurring few minutes may before the headache) may be visual disturbances like the flashing of lights, distortion in size and shape of objects, blind or dark spots in the eye or other symptoms like tingling sensation in the face or arms, numbness, weakness on one side of the body.
Cluster Headaches -
Occurring on one side of the head, mostly in the temple or behind the eye, they can be sudden, sharp and stabbing. Running, red eyes and nostrils are the usual symptoms. The pain may occur at night lasting from a few minutes to a few hours. Sometimes, it may last for 4-12 weeks and then may not occur for months or years. This type is more commonly found in men than women, especially in people addicted to drinking and smoking.
Tips on handling severe headache problems -
People experiencing severe headaches can keep a track for effectively handling them. If it becomes a common phenomena in the daily routine, it is advisable to maintain a chart of the day, the time when it starts and stops, the intervals in which it occurs, the intensity, nature and location of the pain, the factors that seem most likely to have caused it, like food, light, stress, smoking, other daily activities, the symptoms. Women have to take into consideration factors like, the pattern of their menstrual cycle and its association with the headache, use of any birth control pills, or any hormone replacement therapy they might have undergone. Such a chart would help the doctor to analyze the causes of headaches and treat them effectively.

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