Whines that ordinarily go unnoticed pierce your brain. You can't gather your thoughts and words don't make it out of your mouth. You need a dark room and a strong pill. But, the show must go on.
When you get hit with a headache, it's best to know the type, so you can treat it correctly.
Tension headaches, the most common type, feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles brought about by stress. Aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can usually get you back in the game.
Cluster headaches, which affect dads more than moms, are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. They hit you quick and hard. They can cause debilitating pain, a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on one side of the head and face.
These kinds of headaches make you feel restless. With a migraine, you want to lie down, not with a cluster headache. We don't know what causes cluster headaches, but it could be genetic. There is no way to stop them, but medication can help control them.
Sinus headaches happen when a sinus becomes inflamed. Since the inflammation is most likely caused by infection, it will often come with a fever.
Headaches due to sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants.
Rebound headaches are caused from using too many pain killers for all your other headaches.
It could be that too much medication causes the brain to "shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches." Or, perhaps they are just withdrawal symptoms of the pain killers.
Doctors treat rebound headache like they do heroin addiction, by tapering the medication that is being overused, sometimes by gradually substituting a different type of medication.
Finally we come to the migraine. What feels like a glimpse into hell begins as a dull ache and then takes it up a notch to a constant throbbing and pulsating pain. The pain usually shows up with its friends: nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. About 15 percent of migraine sufferers experience an aura before an attack. An aura is a manifestation of neurological symptoms that occurs before a migraine headache.
If you get migraines, you may feel like you are being punished for something you did in a past life, but it's probably just a chemical reaction in the brain. Treatment for migraines may include over-the-counter or prescription medications.
When your brain is hurting, putting a label on the pain doesn't help. Knowing there are possibly ways to stop the pain and that others suffer through it too, may comfort you though.
Misery loves company.