If you find yourself suffering from headaches, what can you do about it to minimise their occurrence? And what do they signify anyway?
When the thin layer of tissue (known as the periosteum) becomes irritated, a headache emerges.
The periosteum surrounds the “bones and muscles that encase the skull, sinuses, eyes and ears”, explained MedicineNet.
The pain associated with a headache can be a “dull ache, sharp, throbbing, constant, intermittent, mild or intense”.
Which headache do you have?
Primary headaches include tension headaches and cluster headaches.
Secondary headaches are due to underlying reasons, such as dental pain, post-concussion headaches, hangovers and dehydration.
As the most frequently occurring type of headache, the pain is most likely caused by a “contraction of muscles that cover the skull”.
Stressed muscles may become inflamed and spasm, causing pain for the sufferer.
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In conjunction, stress management and a massage may also be beneficial in relieving a tension headache.
Cluster headaches can appear daily for periods of a week or more, then not appear for months or years.
Typically, a cluster headache occurs at the same time, “often in the middle of the night”.
These are thought to happen when there’s a sudden release of histamine and serotonin in the brain.
The pain associated with a cluster headache is located around or behind one eye.
Each painful episode can last from 30 to 90 minutes, and the pain is described as “excruciating”.
Notoriously difficulty to treat without specialised medication, prevention is better than cure.
This would mean not smoking and minimising alcohol intake to prevent future episodes.