Headache is that throbbing, distressing and annoying feeling that stays in your head – all of us at some moment have had to deal with a headache. And they tend to keep coming back at worst moments.
Do you know there are different types of headaches, from tension headaches and cluster headaches to migraines and sinus headaches, each one is different from each other.
For you to properly cure a headache you should get rid of some of the myths about headaches. Here are some of them below:
Myth #1: Migraines are the most common type of headache
Actually tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress can make muscles in the head and neck tense and knotted, and it’s these muscles that can be the source of tension headache.
Myth #2: Only adults get headaches
Headaches aren’t just experienced by grown-ups. Children get them too, including tension headaches – with a difference being young ones can’t explain their headaches well.
Myth #3: Migraines are just really bad headaches
Not exactly true. Migraines are different to other headaches. They’re actually a condition related to the body’s nervous system (the brain and nerves) and can feel much worse than your normal headache. During a migraine attack, the brain does not process sensory data, such as lights, sound or touch, properly.
If you’re suffering from a migraine, you may get other symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light. You might even experience visual or sensory problems known as auras and see flashing lights or blind spots.
Myth #4: Only women get recurring headaches
Guess what? We all get them. And while men are at less risk from migraines, they’re more likely to get cluster headaches (although they are rare compared with other headaches like migraine). Cluster headaches get their name because you experience groups or clusters of frequent headaches for several weeks, and tend to occur every year around the same time. The pain’s usually felt behind your eye or on one side of your head coming on strong and unexpected.
Myth #5: All headaches are psychological
Most headaches are usually triggered by an underlying physical cause. For example, tension headaches are thought to be caused by muscles in the head and neck becoming stressed. They in turn send out pain signals that are felt on both sides of the head. This explains why tension headaches often feel like a tight band around your head.
Myth #6: Migraines aren’t serious
Most types of migraine are not serious; however, they can be chronic and sometimes debilitating and disabling if not adequately treated.
Myth #7: Caffeine causes migraine
This is a myth; caffeine does not cause migraine, but it can be a trigger for some people. Coffee and migraine have a complex relationship.