- MsLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
well, here's some helpful information on causes & symptoms of headaches. hope it's helpful to you!!
The most common types of headaches usually are not serious but may occur again and again.
--Tension headaches -- the most common type of headache and are episodes of constant aching, tightness, pressure, and pain around the forehead, temples, or back of the head and neck. Symptoms usually occur on both sides of the head rather than just one side.
Tension headaches usually do not stop a person from doing his or her regular activities. These headaches usually do not cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or noise. A tension headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several days. Some people experience chronic tension headaches, which means they get a headache on 15 or more days a month.
Tension headaches are related to muscles tightening in the back of the neck or head because of stress, anxiety, fatigue, hunger, anger, poor posture, or overexertion.
Treatment for tension headaches usually includes aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonprescription pain relievers. Aspirin should not be given to anyone age 20 years or younger because it has been linked to Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious disease that most often affects children. Prescription medications, such as antidepressants, may be needed to treat tension headaches. Additional therapies, including stress management or biofeedback, may reduce or prevent tension headaches
--Cluster headaches -- these are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. The headaches appear suddenly and cause severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, along with a watery eye and nasal congestion on the affected side of the head. The cause of cluster headaches is unknown. Although there is no cure for cluster headaches, medications can reduce the frequency and duration of the painful headaches.
--Migraine headaches -- Approximately one-third of people who have migraine headaches first began having them as teenagers. are painful, sometimes disabling headaches that are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and smell. These throbbing headaches usually occur on only one side of the head, although the pain can shift from one side of the head to the other, or can occur on both sides at the same time. Migraines involve changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, which trigger pain signals leading to headache and other symptoms.
Migraine headaches tend to recur. A migraine headache typically lasts 4 to 24 hours but in some cases can last up to 3 days. Some people have symptoms, such as visual disturbances, that occur before a headache starts. These symptoms are called a migraine aura.
Some people have several headaches per month; others have headaches much less often. Treatment usually includes medications to prevent a migraine from occurring or to stop a migraine once it begins. In some people, migraines may be triggered by certain foods or smells. Eliminating exposure to these triggers may stop the headaches.
Here's a list of common causes of headaches include:
--Alcohol, caffeine, or other drug use or withdrawal.
--Changes in the levels of chemicals in the body (neurotransmitters).
--Coughing or sneezing.
--Dental problems or procedures, such as pain from grinding the teeth or from a root canal.
--Eating or drinking cold foods and fluids.
--Exposure to smoke or fumes from chemicals, including carbon monoxide.
--High altitude. Lower oxygen levels at high altitudes can cause headaches.
--Medical procedures, such as the aftereffects of a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
--Medications. Many medications can cause headaches.
--Muscle strain in the neck, upper back, or shoulder muscles.
--Upper respiratory infections.
If you have headaches, with these serious symptoms, definitely consult a doc!
Although rare, a headache may be a sign of a serious illness. Other symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness, or changes in vision, may also be present. The following serious illnesses or injuries can cause headaches.
--A head injury:
--Injury to the brain
--Fracture of the skull
--Bleeding in or around the brain
--Brain tumor, which causes swelling within the brain.
--Infection in the brain (encephalitis) or of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
--Stroke, a problem that occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot.
--A rupture of a blood vessel with bleeding in or around the brain (aneurysm)
Other health conditions that can cause or contribute to headaches include:
--Alcohol, caffeine, or drug abuse, overuse, or withdrawal.
--Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread muscle and soft tissue pain and tenderness.
--Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the nerves at the back of the eye.
--High blood pressure (hypertension).
--High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
--Infection in the sinuses, such as sinusitis or an abscess.
--Inflammatory problems , such as arthritis, lupus, or temporal arteritis.
--Kidney disease, which causes wastes to build up in the blood.
--Low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia) or overactivity of the gland that helps control the release of calcium into the blood (hyperparathyroidism).
--Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by certain types of ticks.
--Mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.
--Problems with pregnancy, such as severe high blood pressure (preeclampsia).
--Sleep problems, such as insomnia or sleep apnea.
--Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism (if you want to learn more about thyroid, please contact me...I have seceral best answers for thyroid problems)
Headache with signs of serious illness!!
When a headache, vomiting, fever, or a seizure occurs along with another serious illness, immediate medical care is needed. Signs of serious illness include:
--A sudden, severe headache.
--Confusion or extreme irritability.
--New and different skin rash or severe bruises.
--New double vision, blurred vision, or blind spots.
--Persistent nausea or vomiting.
--Rapid, difficult breathing.
--Severe neck stiffness or pain.
--Severe sensitivity to light (photophobia).
--Unsteadiness that prevents standing or walking (ataxia or vertigo).
Although uncommon, a headache with signs of a serious illness may be a sign of:
--An infection in or around the brain, such as encephalitis, meningitis, or a brain abscess.
--A momentary blockage of a blood vessel (transient ischemic attack, or TIA) in the brain.
--Rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.Source(s): http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/heada I really hope I've helped! This is not something you want to mess around with if it continues to be a pain!
- DebraLv 44 years ago
wow, I get massive migrains all the time, and the remedies I have tried(which are many), dark quiet room, a cup of coffee & an excedrin, run hands under the hottest water you can stand, soak her head lying backwards in the tub, ice pack, have someone rub her head, put face over some steam....GEEZ, I really have tried many!! Some sound weird, but some do work!! Good luck to the moma to be!!
all people have a different reaction to pain relievers. ibuprofen works on me, well, unless i have a migraine. then i need something from the doctors and that stuff works but makes you moody. try goody's or Excedrin or Advil. if those don't work then seek your doctors advice!!!
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take some Vaseline. Rub around ur eyes. Take a rag, tie around ur head as tight as you can stand it. Find a dark room & stay there til headackes gone.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
( because we know all the secrets thats why! or maybe he just misplaced his question)
my grandma used to cover my eyes witha very dark cloth and then put another cloth around my head and tie it hard and then she would make me lie down in bed. good bye headache