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Yes, there are different types of headaches that can indicated different things. Do you feel it behind your eyes? Or on one side of your head? Or is the pain at the base of your skull?
Paying attention to what headache symptoms you have can help you to figure out what kind of treatment is best because different headaches are caused by different factors. Here’s to recognise them.
Tension headaches often feel a bit like a tight band around your head, an ache behind your eyes, or pain at the base of your skull at the back of your head. They are the most common of the various headache types, and are usually caused by muscle strain from the upper back, neck and head.
Dr Jerome Dixon, who specialises in treating headaches, tells me that another cause for tension headaches can be stress, because the muscular contractions in the head, face and neck regions are often due to stress and anxiety. Tightness in the neck and jaw regions can also be due to stress.
“One of the most common ways to treat tension headaches is to be aware of your lifestyle, things like having a bad desk or posture at work, squinting, hunching and clenching your jaw can cause tension headaches.” Dr Dixon says. (Post continues after gallery.)
Migraine headaches often go hand-in-hand with severe pain and throbbing that’s usually on one side of the head. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision and sensitivity to smell and touch.
One common migraine trigger is change, including hormones, stress and sleeping or eating patterns.
“Tracking a pattern is a common way to figure out what may be causing your migraines. I think it is important to do a history – and being aware of where the pain is – and correlate that with what you’re doing at the time. For example, if you get your migraines around 11am, and realise you haven’t eaten breakfast, then that could be a trigger for getting a migraine” Dr Dixon says.