Headache is one of the most common symptoms related to many illnesses affecting about forty-five million people worldwide. Head pain is primarily the source of headaches. Secondary headaches are a result of injuries or underlying disease conditions requiring diagnosis and treatment. Different headaches can be more complicated than many people think, posting other symptoms that require different treatments. If you encounter such related symptoms of headache in Dundalk, seek medical attention at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center. Call any of the offices in Rosedale, Olney, Lanham, Baltimore, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Hyattsville, and Dundalk over the phone or book an appointment on the online tool today.
Causes of Headaches
The pain in the headache comes from a mix of signals between nerves, blood vessels, and the brain. Unique nerves in the head muscles and blood vessels send signals to your brain. It’s not known how the signals turn on. At times, headaches are caused by allergies that can be very painful. Treatment and diagnosis of such severe headaches are by an allergist who can provide.
- Genetics – headaches such as migraines are inherited. The possibility of a child getting them from parents with a history of migraines is high.
- Illness – are associated with fevers, colds, and infectious conditions like sinuses inflammation, ear, and throat infections. A blow to the head can cause a headache, a rare occurrence showing a severe medical issue in some instances.
- Environmental conditions such as weather changes, noise, stress, pollution, and lighting can cause headaches. Other causes can be from products like household smells of perfumes, chemicals, specific foods, and allergens.
- Stress – certain habits like skipping meals, taking too much medication, using alcohol, change in sleep patterns, poor posture leading to back and neck strain, depression, and emotional stress.
Common Classifications of Headaches
There are more than 150 kinds of headaches. However, the common ones include:
- Sinus headaches – they are a deep, prolonged pain on either the nose bridge, cheekbones, and forehead. Occur during head cavity (sinuses) inflammation. They come along with other symptoms like ear fullness, swollen face, running nose, and fever.
- Migraine headaches – are associated with throbbing and pounding pain. They show symptoms like nausea, noise, smell, light sensitivity, appetite loss, belly pain and can last from 4 hours to 4 days. Blurry vision, dizziness, and paleness are some of the signs you can see in a child.
- Tension headaches – most teens and adults experience these kinds of headaches. They are characterized by fluctuating on and off moderate and mild pain.
- Chronic daily headaches are a type of primary headache that includes chronic tension headaches, chronic migraine, hemicrania continua, and new daily persistent headaches.
- Cluster headaches – are severe and linked to piercing pain with a burning sensation around or behind one eye. Cluster headache causes extreme pain and discomfort to its victims, causing reddening of the eye, drooping of the eyelid, teary eye, stuffing up of the nostril, or pupils getting smaller. We refer to them as clusters because they occur in groups 3 to 4 times a day.
Secondary headaches occur due to other medical conditions, injury, or illness. They portray signs like a metabolic disease, head trauma, tumor, infection, or cerebrovascular disease.
The doctor does blood tests, observations, sleep habit assessments, neurological exams, physicals, and eye exams.
Seek medical services when you experience any of the above signs. To know more about your condition, call any of our offices at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center or plan an appointment via the online tool today.