A Pain in the Noggin

posted May 27, 2010, 11:18 AM by Sara@LS

It is likely that you have experienced a headache at some point in your life – most people have. Now what if those headaches started happening on a regular basis? In that case you would want to identify what type of headache you are experiencing and take precautions to avoid further episodes.


There are many types of headaches:

·         Tension headache

·         Cluster headache

·         Sinus headache

·         Rebound headache

·         Migraine headache


Your doctor can help you identify which one you have experienced, or are experiencing. Migraines are the most common debilitating headaches. Symptoms begin as a dull ache and turn into consistent throbbing. Pain stems from the temples to the front or back of the head. There might also be nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise.


With a migraine, some people see an aura. An aura is characterized by wavy or jagged lines, dots, flashing lights, tunnel vision, blind spots, and even hallucinations or disruption of the senses.


Headaches and migraines can interfere with your life, but you can do things to help prevent them.


·         Choose health – A healthy lifestyle can lessen headache frequency. Start by getting a good night’s sleep, exercising regularly and eating healthy foods.

·         Look for triggers – Log your headache episodes including symptoms and the environment you were in when it started in a journal. Determining the cause of headaches will help you and your doctor create a treatment plan.

·         Avoid triggers – Once you have figured out what things trigger your headaches, do your best to avoid them. Triggers vary depending on the person.

·         Practice relaxing – Stress can increase headache frequency and severity. Try deep breathing techniques, yoga or doing things that make you happy.


Visit your doctor if headaches are affecting your life. Be sure to speak with your doctor before starting a treatment plan. They can help you get on a path toward A Healthier You™.



For more information about headaches and migraines, visit www.headaches.org.

May 27, 2010, 11:20 AM