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Migraines & Headaches - What you should know.

Headache Pain Isn't All The Same

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While all headache pain is unpleasant, it surprisingly comes in several varieties. Differentiating between different types of headache pain is important when deciding upon the proper treatment.

Migraine Headache Pain

This type of headache pain typically throbs on one side of the head (though it can strike both sides) and is usually severe and debilitating. Migraines are due to genetic abnormalities in the brain's neurological system. Stress and particular foods often trigger migraine headache pain. While these triggers may cause other types of headaches as well, it's important to note that only migraine headaches affect the entire body. Reactions to migraine headache pain can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound and movement.

Tension-type Headache Pain

Tension-type headache pain can be triggered by stress, hunger or fatigue. Their symptoms fit those of the stereotypical headache--pressure and aching.

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Cluster Headache Pain

Sudden and severe, cluster headaches have a short duration, but can attack up to six times a day. They have not only been known to attack repeatedly during the course of several weeks but in some cases can last for years at a time.

Sinus Headache Pain

Swelling, irritation and possibly an infection of the sinuses is the trigger for this type of headache pain. It can be easily confused with migraine and tension headache pain.

Dangerous Headache Pain

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Because it may be the symptom of a potentially life-threatening condition, some headache pain demands immediate medical attention. A serious underlying disorder may exist when your headaches seem unlike any you've experienced before, are progressively worse, are triggered by physical exertion or drain your energy. See a doctor if you experience any of these warning signs.

Rebound Headache Pain

Triggered by overuse of headache medication, rebound headache pain is an example of the cure becoming worse than the problem. Reaching a point of diminishing pain relief returns with prescription drugs is a common phenomenon.

Headache Pain Relief and Pain Management Medications

Pharmaceutical treatments for headache pain range from over-the-counter medicines like aspirin to prescription drugs. As mentioned earlier, the problem with frequent treatment of headache pain with drugs is that they lose their effectiveness. Worse, they actually create more headache pain. Excessive use of aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen create what is called analgesic rebound effect in which the body creates more headache pain so it can receive a larger dose of drugs. Drug use can also alter serotonin levels in the brain which are linked to migraine attacks.

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