What Is Your Headache Telling You? Warning Signs Your Headache Is Dangerous
Everyone's had a day in bed with a headache. Sometimes, admittedly, we did it to ourselves. A good night out is a great way to score a killer cranium the next day, and the only reason that pain isn't worrisome is that we all know how it happened. But what about those times when you don't know where your headache is from? Headaches, like most aches and pains, are the way your body tells you, "Hey, listen up dude, I need something". That "something" can be pretty benign, but it could be a sign of something more serious.
A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The following list provides you with an easy to understand chart and helpful information to identify the type of headache you are experiencing and how serious it is.
Thunderclap Headache Is Nothing To Clap About (Put Your Damn Hands Down)
These headaches are scary because they come out of effing nowhere. This baby has a severe and sudden onset and takes only seconds to reach maximum intensity. It can be an indicator of a number of health problems. The scariest of these is a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which can be life-threatening.
Thunderclap headaches live up to their name, grabbing your attention like a clap of thunder. The pain of these sudden, severe headaches peaks within 60 seconds and can start fading after an hour. Some thunderclap headaches, however, can last for more than a week.
Thunderclap headaches are often a warning sign of potentially life-threatening conditions, usually linked to bleeding in and around the brain. That's why it's so important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience a thunderclap headache.
"Enforce This!" - This Guy's Head
There are many times in life when your head is going to just give you a big "nope" and keep you aching in the dark with a bucket. Some people risk head injury for a living and though this is a fact of life (hockey, boxing, football, etc. are not possible without risk of injury), pain needs to be monitored to keep serious problems from developing.
Headache is one of the most common symptoms after traumatic brain injury (often called post-traumatic headache). Over 30% of people report having headaches which continue long after injury.
Rise And Shine! You Get A Headache For Breakfast!
If you're waking up wanting to rip your hair out BEFORE finding out you have nothing to wear, you may have a headache that needs attention. According to The National Headache Foundation, "Serious diseases may cause early morning awakening headaches. These diseases may include brain tumors, sleep apnea, and severe high blood pressure."
Headaches that are prominent in the morning may be caused by sleep apnea, bruxism (grinding of the teeth), or depression. Interestingly, the early morning hours (between 4 and 8 a.m.) are when the body has its lowest levels of natural painkillers, so most headaches - including cluster headaches, migraines, and those caused by muscle tension - can be present and have their worst symptoms when you wake up.
There Is Something In Medicine Known Simply As "The Worst Headache Of Your Life"
This is also known as a cluster headache, but you can easily find it putting "The Worst Headache Of Your Life" into Google because doctors literally call it that.A cluster headache is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, severe headaches on one side of the head, typically around the eye.
Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, which gives the condition its name. While there is no known cure, cluster headaches can sometimes be prevented and acute attacks treated. Recommended treatments for acute attacks include oxygen or a fast acting triptan.
Fortunately, cluster headaches are rare and not life-threatening. Treatments can help make cluster headache attacks shorter and less severe. In addition, medications can help reduce the number of cluster headaches.
All The Other Unusual Feels That You Get Above The Shoulders
It's easy to scar yourself when you look at these but don't worry, this is just to give you and your doctor something to talk about. Take note if you notice headache-related changes in vision, digestion, mood, neck tension and irritability.
Some simple home headache remedies are:
1. Drink water to avoid getting dehydrated, especially if you have vomited.
2. Rest in a quiet, dark room.
3. Place a cool cloth on your head.
4. Use any relaxation techniques you have learned.
Maintaining a headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers.
A Chart And Everything! You're Welcome!
Like every important thing on the internet, there's a chart for that. Headaches can be serious or not, depending on what causes them. Having a visual way of describing your problem will help health-care professionals classify your headache accurately and get you the help you need (although, you're probably fine, don't freak out).
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