As we struggle to make ends meet in Nigeria, we often ignore our health because of the “career goal” we are trying to obtain. I’ve realized over the years that different parts of my head usually ache and I always wondered why. As a normal Nigerian child, I categorized it as “headache” but as I grew, I noticed that these pains meant different things. Today’s post will be on 3 common types of headache.
Your next question should be what is headache?
According to Wikipedia, headache is the symptom of pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It occurs in migraines (sharp, or throbbing pains), tension-type headaches, and cluster headaches. Frequent headaches can affect relationships and employment. There is also an increased risk of depression in those with severe headaches.
3 Common Types Of Headache
1. Migraine- It is a condition accompanied with severe headaches. It can either be of a pounding feeling or a throbbing pain that usually last for days. It occurs 3 to 4 times in a month and it puts the whole body in shambles.
Symptoms – sensitivity to light, nausea/vomiting, Loss of appetite, upset stomach, dizziness etc
2. Cluster headache- This type of headache occurs around the eye. Cluster headache gives a burning or piercing the person around the eye thereby making an individual uncomfortable during the attack. It is called cluster because it happens in groups. It occurs 1-3 times per day during a cluster period which can last for a very long time.
Symptoms – One side of the pain, drooping of the eyelids, red eyes, shrinking of the pupils, teary eyes and running nose.
3. Tension-Type Headache- This headaches occurs around your neck, forehead, scalp or shoulder muscles. It usually makes the individual feel very dull and gives him/her a sensation all over the head. It is often triggered by stress.
Symtoms – dullness, aching head pain, pressure across your forehead/side/back of your head and tenderness on your scalp and shoulder muscles.
Thank God it is Friday. Make sure you make out time to rest. Remember, health is wealth