What is headache?

A painful sensation in any part of the head ranging from sharp to dull that may occur with other symptoms. It can be mild, moderate and severe.

Major categories of headache

There are various types of headache but majorly based upon the source of pain there are three types of headaches

  • Primary headachesPrimary headache include migraine, tension and cluster headaches as well as various other types of headache that affect quality of life. There are certain occasional headaches that resolve quickly while others become long term headaches.
  • Secondary headachesSecondary headaches are those that are due to an underlying structural or infectious problem in the head or neck. This is a very broad group of medical conditions ranging from dental pain to bleeding in brain. People who drink too much alcohol may waken with a well-established headache due to alcohol and dehydration.
  • Secondary headaches mainly occur due to :
  • Trauma Disorder Infection Structural problems of bones of face and teeth

Types of headache

There are over 150 types of headaches but the most common types are listed below

  • Tension headaches These are the most common types of headaches among adults or teens which causes only mild to moderate pain. These last for short time and usually have no other symptoms
  • Migraine headaches They are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. These types of headaches can last from hours to days and are recurring in nature. Symptoms of migraine headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cluster headachesThese headaches are the most severe as they have intense burning or piercing pain behind or around one eye. It can be throbbing or constant. They are cluster headaches because they tend to happen in groups. One might get them one to three times per day during cluster period. Such headache attacks can last 15 min. to 3 hours and men are more likely to get these attacks.
  • Chronic daily headache Chronic daily headaches are usually one of the four types of primary headache:
      Chronic migraine Chronic tension headache New daily persistent headache Hemicranias continua
  • Sinus headachesThese headaches can make you feel deep and constant pain in your cheekbones, forehead or on the bridge of your nose. Other sinus symptoms include
  • Runny nose
  • Fullness in the ears
  • Fever
  • Swollen face
  • Green or yellow gunk from nose
  • Post traumatic headache Such headaches usually start 2-3 days afte a head injury. Symptoms of post traumatic headaches include
  • A dull ache
  • Vertigo
  • Lightheadedness
  • Memory problems
  • Tiring quickly
  • Irritability
  • Thunder clap headacheThese are sudden, severe headaches that people often describe as the worst headaches. They reach maximum intensity in less than 1 min. and last longer than 5 minutes. A thunderclap headache is a life-threatening condition, such as
  • An aneurysm
  • Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
  • Meningitis
  • Pituitary apoplexy
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • A blood clot in the brain

Symptoms of Headache

  • Dull, aching head pain.
  • Sensation of tightness or pressure across forehead
  • Tenderness on scalp and neck
  • Chronic Fatigue.
  • Trouble concentrating

Do’s and Dont’s of headache

    Drink plenty of water Get plenty of rest if you have a cold or the flu Try to relax-stress Exercise when you can Take Paracetamol or ibuprofen

Don’t

    Do not drink alcohol Do not skip meals Do not sleep more than you usually would- It can make the headache worse Do not strain your eyes for a long time.

Causes of headaches

Headaches can be caused due to many reasons. Living in the stressful environment of 21st century or straining of eyes due to continuous use of electronic gadgets are some of the many reasons of headache. Following are the some of the causes of headache

    Cold or flu Stress Alcohol Bad posture Eyesight problems Not eating regular meal Dehydration Consuming too many painkillers Women having their period or menopause Certain foods such as processed meat that contain nitrates

Home treatments to get rid of headache

Apart from medication there are certain home remedies that can be used if the headache is mild. Such home treatments should not be used if the headache is long lasting. Following is the list of home remedies that can be used to cure your headache

    Try a cold pack Using a heating pad or hot compress Ease pressure on your scalp or head Dim the lights Wear sun glasses outside Try not to chew Drink plenty of liquids Get some caffeine Practice meditation and yoga Take some ginger Try massage on forehead and neck

When to see Dr. Shri Niwash?

  • When you start having frequent headaches.
  • When headaches get unbearable over time.
  • . When your headache does not improve with self-treatment tips mentioned above.
  • When you fail to do routine activities due to headaches.

How can Dr. Shri Niwash help you in these headaches?

Dr. Shri Niwash is one of the best doctors in the Jaipur and he is the right person to meet in case of headache as his professional expertise along with his experience in the field can help you overcome your headache. With the right medical diagnosis to medication to therapies he will do everything required to curb your pain in less time.
One should definitely visit him when the pain becomes unbearable or if recurring nature. A safer approach to this treatment would be to meet him at an early stage so that you don’t have to bear all the pain when it can be cured at a very early stage by following his medication and advices.
After determining the type of headache he will provide you with help and medication in accordance to your headache. He might also include alternative therapies so that with minimum medication one can get the desired result. The best headache treatment in the Jaipur can only be delivered by him.