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Oh my aching head! (How to tell what's really behind your headache)

by , 18 October 2013

Headaches are annoying! But they're more than that. Studies show that, in general, most of us have a headache at least twice a month! That's two times too many if you ask us. That why today, we look at what could be the trigger to that debilitating pain in your head - and how this could help you put a stop to them…

Whether it’s a throbbing in your temples after skipping lunch, pain behind your eyes from staring at your computer or a dull ache that lingers at the front of your head for days, we all get headaches.

But, by understanding what’s behind yours, you could discover how to put a stop to them – before the pain ruins your day.

What type of headache is yours?

If you think a headache is just a headache, think again. According to webMD, there are over 150 different types of headaches.

So which category does yours fall into?

Stress or tension headaches:
Stress and tension headaches are generally caused by physical or psychological stress or poor posture or muscle strain.

So how do you tell if you have one? Well, according to easyhealthoptions.com, these headaches usually start with a tightening in your shoulders and neck before creeping its way up the back of the head and into your forehead.

Chronic headaches:
“Also called traction or inflammatory headaches, chronic progressive headaches get worse and happen more often over time. These are the least common type of headache, accounting for less than 5% of all headaches in adults and less than 2% of all headaches in kids. Chronic progressive headaches may be the result of an illness or disorder of the brain or skull,” writes WebMD.

Sinus headaches:
“During a sinus infection, which is the primary cause of a sinus headache, the sinuses and nasal passages become inflamed, creating pain and pressure,” explains health.com. That’s why these headaches hurt in your cheekbones, forehead and across your nose.

Digestive headaches:
Digestive headaches are a direct result of what you eat and are often caused by food allergies. With these headaches, “pain is felt around the eyes, the temples and across the forehead. Anxiety-based headaches are also found in this category. Anxiety often triggers stomach and intestinal issues,” adds easyhealthoptions.com.

Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men. And if you have one, believe us you’ll know. After all, they’re extremely painful, last anywhere from four hours to three days, are usually genetic and can lead to brain damage. In general, migraines only affect one side of your head – usually around your eyes or temple.

So there you have it – sometimes a headache is a symptom that something else is wrong. In these cases, treating the cause should help your headache go away too.

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