Types of Headaches (and how to get rid of them)

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Daniel Pavlik Sr DC

May 28, 2021

I wanted to talk to you today about headaches and primarily how they present and some of the easier ways to control them.

We’re doing a little bit about the location and presentation of headaches or migraines. Now there are a lot of different headaches to cover here so we’re going to be pretty brief and just kind of touch on them.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache.

Symptoms

  • Can start as a sharp pain in back of head
  • Feels like a headband being viced around the head

Causes

  • People Who Read a lot
  • Office workers
  • Office workers

Prevention & Treatment

  • Laying down
  • Ice pack on the base of the skull or on the neck
  • Heating pack on the base of the skull or on the neck

Migraines

Migraines are defined as moderate to severe pain that can endure from 4 hours to 3 days.

Symptoms

  • Sound and light sensitivity
  • See light and colorful circles around lights

Causes

  • Stress
  • Can start with tension headaches

Prevention & Treatments

  • Relax to ease pain
  • Tension headache treatment
  • Over-the-counter or prescription drugs

Sinus Headaches

Symptoms

  • Sinus and forehead pain
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Pain around the cheekbones

Causes

  • Mucus-filled or Inflamed Sinus
  • Allergic reaction
  • Infection

Prevention & Treatments

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Antihistamines or decongestants
  • Allergy treatments

TMJ Based Headaches

Symptoms

  • Jaw and facial pain
  • Wrap around headache
  • Clicking sound in the jaw

Causes

  • Car accident or other injury
  • Recent dental work
  • Consistent teeth grinding.
  • Osteoarthritis

Prevention & Treatments

  • Holistic treatment of pain origin
  • Stress reduction to avoid teeth grinding and clenching
  • Stent or surgeryTap for recommended posts on the tags you don’t follow
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