A headache is not just a headache. There are different types of headaches, and paying attention to your symptoms and possible causes of your headaches, is important. In order to treat your headaches, it’s important to know what kind they are.
Headaches can be classified by what causes them. For example, you can get headaches from chemical exposure, from physical conditions, from diseases or from your emotions.
In order to determine what kind of headaches you experience, you need to pay close attention to your symptoms and also to the circumstances that surround your headaches.
For example, do always have headaches when you are getting your period? Do you get them at home or at work? Do they come on gradually or suddenly? What else do you notice?
While some headaches can be more serious than others, it’s interesting to note that almost 90% of all headaches are caused by stress and tension.
If you suffer from headaches, it’s important for you to know what kind you get, as each headache type requires a different approach…
Headaches Caused by Chemicals
Here are the main culprits for this kind of headache:
- Nitrites – Nitrites cause a dull pounding headache and you may also have a flushed face with this kind of headache. You’ll find nitrites in heart medicine, dynamite, hot dogs and other processed meats.
- Monosodium Glutamate – also known as the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, people who are sensitive to MSG get headaches when they eat soy sauce, meat tenderizer or packaged goods with the additive.
- Household Poisons – like insecticides, carbon tetrachloride and lead can cause vascular headaches.
- Solvents – Exposure to chemicals used in turpentine, spray adhesives, rubber cement and inks can cause headaches.
- Drugs – Medication side-effects from prescription drugs often include headaches.
- Alcohol – Hangover headaches, caused by drinking too much alcohol, can be intense.
- Caffeine – If you drink coffee every day and miss a day (or you are trying to stop drinking coffee), you can have a severe withdrawal headache.
- Tension and Anxiety Headaches – These are the most common headaches of all. We all get them from time to time. But if you are having frequent tension headaches, consider using a tested hypnosis program to help you get headache relief. Hypnotherapy will lower your blood pressure, cause you to relax deeply and cause changes in your brain waves that will help you avoid tension headaches.
- Depression – Headaches can actually be a symptom of depression, so you should pay attention to other symptoms and how you are feeling.
- Brain Tumor – not very common, but it can be a cause of headaches.
- Head Trauma – Do you remember bumping heads with another kid when you were young (maybe jumping on a bed or trampoline)? You probably had a headache then. A bump to the head can make your head hurt, no matter how hard you were hit.
- Sinus Infection – This is a common cause of headaches, and infections can begin as allergies to dust, ragweed, animal hair or smoke.
- Hormones – Women can experience hormonal headaches when they have their periods or go through menopause.
- Strokes – A sudden and intense headache is one of the main symptoms of having a stroke.
As you can see, there are many different types of headaches, and knowing as much as you can about why you are experiencing headaches can help you overcome them!
Knowing what kind of headache you have is critical to knowing how to treat your headaches (or for your doctor to know how).
Your part in gaining this knowledge is to keep good records about your headaches:
- When they occur and how often they occur
- What else is going on in your life when you get a headache
- Your symptoms
- How you feel physically
- How you feel emotionally
- Medicines you are taking
- Allergies you may have
- Exposure to chemicals
Treatment will be specific to your type of headaches. Your doctor will help you with this, or, if you are sure that your headaches are simple stress headaches, you can work on your own to get stress and headache relief.
Fortunately, tension headaches, the kind you are most likely to have, are easy to treat. If you are committed to getting rid of your stress headaches, it is very possible for you to do!