Common Headache Symptoms – What Do They Mean?
Instead of making you read through each different type of headache and think for yourself which one you have, I’m going to list out the most common headache symptoms for you. Then, once you’ve picked a symptom, I’ll tell you what type of headache you’re most likely suffering from.
In my last post I covered the 6 major types of headaches, and it was a great time! Learning about headaches is such fun, isn’t it? But, I know some of you don’t care for all that technical stuff, so today I’m going to make it easy for you…
In fact, identifying the cause of your headache couldn’t be easier! Well, except for letting a doctor tell you, but I guess that probably doesn’t need to be said.
Here are some of the most common headache symptoms:
I Feel a Dull, Constant Pain That’s Hard to Pinpoint Exactly
You are most likely suffering from a tension headache. Are you under a lot of stress lately? Do you have bad posture? How is your neck feeling?
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache to plague the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic or reoccurring headaches. They can vary widely in both intensity and duration, but generally they start in either the back of your head or the temples. However, if you wear a ponytail or a tight headband you may experience a tension headache in your forehead.
How to fix it? Relax! Get some sleep, take a load off. It depends how often you get these headaches, but it’s probably not a bad idea to take a couple over-the-counter painkillers. If you’re needing to take painkillers more than 7 to 10 times a month though, you should probably see a doctor and in the meantime start looking for a natural remedy.
Lights are Too Bright, Sounds are Too Loud
Although most types of headaches can include this symptom, it is probably most commonly associated with a migraine headache or a headache behind the eyes. Migraines are idiopathic, which means that we don’t know a root cause and thus must make a diagnosis on a case-by-case basis. Headaches behind the eyes generally results from eye-related problems, such as short sightedness or presbyopia (basically, when you’re eyes get old).
How to fix it? Your best bet right now is probably some sleep in a dark room. Probably over-the-counter painkillers if that fails. If you might have migraines you should probably see a doctor; if you have glasses you may want to call your optometrist to update your prescription.
I Feel a Deep Pain Right Between Eyes or My Nose
This is most likely a sinus headache, which is the result of excess pressure in your sinuses. The most common culprits are allergies or a sinus infection.
How to fix it? An antihistamine or decongestant may help, as may an over-the-counter painkiller, especially since you may have a fever too. You very well might have a sinus infection, so you should see about a prescription for antibiotics.
I Feel Nauseous or I’ve Already Hurled
Your headache and nausea could potentially be associated with a sinus headache (perhaps resulting from a flu?), a migraine or cluster headaches, or a hormonal headache/menstrual migraine if you’re of the female gender. If it’s not a hormonal headache, my guess would be that you’re suffering from a migraine, but I’m no pro.
How to fix it? Well, medication might be out of the question if you can’t keep it down, so we need to look to natural headache treatments. You may want to try using pressure points to relieve your headache, yoga to get rid of headaches, or you might try eating some candied ginger.
I Have a Runny Nose, Or Teary Eyes
This means that you could be suffering from cluster headaches – Do you have a headache behind the eyes? It could also be any other type of headache that’s related to irregular blood flow throughout your brain, or it could be a sinus infection.
How to fix it? Whichever one of these it might be, you probably want to see a doctor. For now, an antihistamine and painkillers may be your best solution, together with a cool rag on the forehead.
I Feel a Sharp, Burning Hot Pain Behind My Eye(s)
If it feels like you’ve been hit in the eye with a brick, then you have my deepest sympathies, my friend, because unfortunately this probably means you are suffering from a cluster headache. This is arguably the most severe type of headache. If it is a reoccurring headache, and especially if it reoccurs rapidly and in a pattern, then it is all the more likely to be a cluster headache. If you have headache behind both eyes, it could be related to eye problems, or it could still be a cluster headache (although they’re usually one sided).
How to fix it? Painkillers right now and an MRI later. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for cluster headaches; for many, the best they can hope for is management. Natural treatments may offer your best hope.
I have been suffering from headaches behind the eyes for a little over 10 years now, so it is an issue that is more personally relatable to me than most. If you fall into this last category, then I really and truly know what you’re going through. That’s why I am dedicating my next entry to helping you understand the Causes and Treatments of Headaches Behind the Eyes that I’ve learned over the years.
Thanks for reading,