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TYPES OF HEADACHES – Here are the different types of headaches including their symptoms, causes, and other details.
Most adults suffer from headaches which can range from mild to severe. This condition is prevalent and is characterized by head or face pain. It has several types and while headaches should not become a major concern, one must not become complacent because sometimes, this is a symptom of a serious underlying condition.
The types vary in intensity, location, frequency, and cause.
Headaches have two types: primary and secondary.
- PRIMARY HEADACHES
According to Stanford Medicine, this type is “when the headache itself is the main problem”. It is not a sign or symptom of an underlying condition that is caused by an inflammation in the nerves, blood vessels, or muscles.
It has several categories:
It causes pain that is usually on just one side of the head. A person with a migraine may also suffer from nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light and/or sound.
This is common and the pain appears “around the back of the head, the temples, and forehead as if a tight hat were in place” which can last for hours to days.
This type typically occurs in people aged 40 and 80. This is unique and the pain lasts between 15 and 60 minutes.
It is one-sided and can last for 20 minutes to two hours. Other symptoms that come with this type include a stuffy nose on one side, tearing, an enlarged pupil, or a droopy lid as per the post.
- SECONDARY HEADACHES
This is the type more serious than primary. This rarely occurs but it happens as a sign or symptom of serious underlying health issues like brain tumors, aneurysms, meningitis, or injury in the neck or brain.
This is the type that happens suddenly and brings not just a throbbing but excruciating kind of pain.
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