What Kind of Headache Do You Have?

It’s really critical to determine the type of headache that you suffer from – migraine, sinus, cluster or tension. All the headaches have own unique symptoms as the headache sufferer. Today will present you some common indicators that will help you to identify the headache you are suffering from.


Migraine Symptoms

Overactive ,,switch,, in human brain stem is the cause for this type of headaches. Migraine is usually mistaken for sinus headaches or tension.

One of the following symptoms is typical for migraine

  • Sound sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Pain that may improve your ability to function “normally”
  • Throbbing or pulsating pain
  • Pain located on both or one side of your head
  • Severe to moderate pain

Visual disturbances are the symptom or aura common for 20% of the people who suffer from this pain. You can also have one of the following issues if you experience aura before having migraine:

  • Speech or language problems
  • Weakness
  • Tingling “needles and pins” sensation in one leg or arm
  • Zigzag types of lines in the vision
  • Blind spots
  • Sparkling flashes of light in the vision

Triggers: weather changes, hormonal changes, stress, certain foods

Migraine Food Triggers

Certain types of drinks and foods may be responsible for migraine in many people. This situation can happen more occasionally or maybe frequently.

Phenylethylamine and tyramine are actually two amino acids found infermented or aged cheese and chocolate that trigger migraine.

Diary Triggers and Meat

Processed meat: Salami, pepperoni, sausage, bologna, cured meat and canned meat.

Dairy triggers: Butter milk and sour cream are fermented dairy products that usually induce migraine.

Veggie and fruit Triggers

Fruit triggers: figs, avocados, bananas, plums, papayas and raisins. Overripe banana, cider, apple juice, red skin apples and avocados have also been found to be really problematic for people who suffer from migraine.

Vegetable trigger: garlic, onion, snow peas and string beans.

Bread Triggers

Freshly yeast bread, sourdough bread and coffee can trigger migraine.

Drink Triggers

Non alcoholic: Chocolate milk, cocoa, hot chocolate. Caffeine can also induce migraine.

Alcoholic Drinks: Sherry, red wine, beer

Cluster Headaches Symptoms

This type of headache is common for only 1% of the people (commonly men). Doctors suspect that there is a problem hypothalamus because cluster headaches at the same time every day. These headaches are actually unique:

  • Very severe pain
  • Watery eye and stuffy nose
  • Pain on one side of the head – behind the eye
  • Permanent headaches that occur on and off for weeks at a time

Triggers:  Alcohol

Tension Headache Symptoms

This type of headaches is one of the most common types, affecting 90% of the population at some particular point of their lives. The main cause for this unpleasant situation is the tightening in the muscles on the back of the neck and the scalp.

The indicators of tension headaches are the following:

  • Stressful situations prior to the headaches
  • Pain that appears gradually
  • Moderate pain
  • Radiation of pain into the shoulders and neck
  • Pain located over the temples, forehead or back of your neck
  • Squeezing pain on your both sides of the head

The pain of these headaches comes gradually and they don’t usually have symptoms like vomiting, nausea or sound or light sensitivity.

Triggers: Fatigue and Stress

Sinus Headaches Symptoms

Teary eyes, stuffy and runny nose are the most common signs for people who suffer from migraine.

  • Pain can be severe or mild
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Pain around the eyes and nose

Triggers: Sinus infection

Problematic signs

You have to be aware that urgent medical condition is needed for some headaches. You should definitely visit your doctor if any of the following signs occur:

  • If your headache last more than 1day and you do not have any history of headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or arms
  • Headaches following by head injury
  • Severe headaches with light sensitivity, vomiting or stiff neck

Foods to Help & Chart Guide Of The Type Of Your Headaches


Source: thescienceofeating.com

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