Headaches are the most common cause for head pain. Migraines affect millions of people. Other causes for pain in the head area (not due to trauma) include occipital neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia. There are many different types of headaches, some very common and others caused by serious cases such as a brain tumor or aneurysm.
Common Types of Headaches:
Minor headaches relieved easily by taking over the counter pain medications,consuming caffeine, relaxing for some time or simply by getting some rest. However if you have a severe headache that does not improve with any of these remedies and last longer than a normal headache, it may be a symptom of serious medical problem such as a stroke, tumor, blood clot or aneurysm.
Headaches for most are simply an annoying distraction and irritation that differs from your normal daily life. An easy way to reduce the depth and the frequency of headaches is to make a change in your lifestyle habits. Even small changes in your daily life can make large improvements with your headaches and pain. Reduce headaches with relaxation techniques, yoga, massages, rest, or by eliminating sources of stress.
If you change your lifestyle and still feel the persisting pain and ache of headaches, there are medications that will help to relieve the symptoms. If you experience any severe and lasting symptoms it is critical that you consult your physician to ensure that you are properly taken care of and can take the proper steps to eliminating your head pain.
Diagnosing Head Pain
- Blood Chemistry
- CT Scan
- MRI Scan
- Sinus X-Ray
- Eye Exam
- Spinal Tap