Types of Headaches: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and More in Laguna Beach

Headache part 2: Secondary Headaches in Laguna Beach

Post-Traumatic headaches are usually dull and achy or pulsating, and they get worse from time to time. They can also include symptoms such as vertigo, nausea and/or vomiting, trouble concentrating, dizziness /lightheadedness, memory loss, fatigue, or irritability/mood swings. Post-traumatic headaches can cover a range of severity from simply falling out of bed and hitting your head to headaches following motor vehicle accidents or multiple collisions from playing American football. They can occur up to 7 days following the traumatic event.

The sinus headache is a common headache many people diagnose themselves, but sinus headaches are uncommon in actuality. People usually mistake tension headaches as sinus headaches. Pressure builds in the sinuses located in the lower center of the forehead above the eyes and under the eyes to the nose. Infections and allergic reactions allow these sinuses to inflame, block the sinus pathways and create pressure. This pressure causes facial pain that people relate as a headache. If you suspect you are experiencing this, you will also likely have a runny nose, fever, or feeling of swelling or fullness in your face and/or ears. The pain is said to be deep, dull, and constant in the lower forehead, cheekbones, or bridge of the nose.

Exertional headaches occur after you exert your body, such as exercise, laborious work, or sexual activities. They can also occur with a pressure of stress to the chest or abdomen, including coughing, sneezing, or straining on the toilet. They are usually located either on one or both sides of the head. They are said to be moderate to severe throbbing headaches that can last from 5 minutes to several days. Other symptoms include nausea/vomiting, neck stiffness, or visual disturbances.

Cranial Neuralgias

Trigeminal neuralgias are headaches that stem from damaged or inflamed trigeminal nerves which are located on both sides of the face, usually affecting one side. The pain is said to be severe, intense stabbing pain in the face, cheek, and nose region. In some cases, the pain is said to be incapacitating. It lasts from seconds to a few minutes but is excruciating as it rapidly appears and then disappears throughout the day. Triggers include eating, talking, brushing your teeth, or putting on makeup.

Now I know I left out a number of other headaches. And I’m sorry if the headache or symptoms you have are not listed above. Still in all, consult your doctor (chiropractor, primary care physician, neurologist, etc) to whom you feel can diagnose you or at least lead you in the right way to find the best treatment for whichever head you or someone you know are suffering from. The headaches above range in severity and all should be taken seriously. Headaches, although considered normal due to so many people suffering from them, are NOT normal. They should be taken seriously and some can be managed or eliminated with effort and the right guidance. Others may need more invasive procedures.

Again, this article is solely focused on the conditions themselves. Now that you have more knowledge on what the problem is, the next step is how to change them. The best thing to do is be proactive and change the easy things you can change that will help manage your headaches to decrease the frequency and severity of them.

For more information on how, click HERE for the next steps to take action.

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