The 10 Most Common Migraine Types!

How to identify your type of pain? Migraine is one of the  types of headache ( headache ), which is characterized by a throbbing pain on one side of the head (sometimes both), usually accompanied by photophobia and phonophobia, Nausea and Vomiting.

Unfortunately, it’s not just migraine that causes discomfort. There are also other types of headaches, clinically called headaches. According to a survey of more than 3,800 people carried out by the Brazilian Headache Society, 15.2% of the Brazilian population suffers from migraine, while 13% suffer from tension headaches and 6.9% from chronic daily headaches. The incidence of migraine cases in Brazil is equivalent to that in other countries. However, cases of chronic daily headache are higher here.

Primary Headaches:  These are called headaches that are not a symptom of something else, but the main problem to be solved. In addition to Migraine , there are also the following classifications:

Tension Headache:  It manifests itself in an episodic form, although it can eventually become chronic. It can be described as a feeling of tightness on both sides of the head, like a helmet, but without impeding routine activities. It is not accompanied by nausea and vomiting. It can be diagnosed by episodes of 30 minutes or more, over 15 days a month.

Cluster Headache:  It usually affects men three times as often as women. It can start at any age, however, the most common is in the 20s or 30s. It is marked by intense pain on one side of the head that lasts from 15 minutes to three hours. It causes agitation and may be accompanied by redness or tearing of the eyes, nasal congestion and drooping of the eyelid on the same side as the pain. It is more frequent at night.

Stabbing Headache : These are stabbing pains that only last a few seconds, usually in the back of the head. It is very common in patients with migraine (40% of cases) or cluster headache (30%).

Cough Headache:  As the name implies, they are associated with coughing or some type of abdominal strain. They manifest predominantly after 40 years of age.

Physical Exertion Headache:  When exercise is the reason for the headache. It may result from the exaggerated intensity and duration of the activity or from the influence of high heat and altitude.

Headache Associated with Sexual Act : In this case, an activity as pleasurable as sex can be a cause of discomfort. Bilateral pain begins to a lesser degree and intensifies as orgasm approaches.

Hypnic Headache: It occurs during sleep and even wakes the person up. That’s why it’s been called an alarm clock headache. It usually appears after the age of 50.

Thunderclap Headache:  the name is no exaggeration: those who suffer from the problem feel a pain comparable to a lightning bolt hitting the head. It should be investigated as soon as possible to confirm that it is not a symptom of an aneurysm (rupture of a clogged blood vessel).

Hemicrania Continua: It always occurs on the same side of the head and daily without breaks.

Chronic Daily Headache:  This is very similar to tension headache, but can quickly progress to chronic pain that does not improve. It is more frequent in women.

Secondary Headaches:  Headaches can be a consequence of sinusitis, hypertension, changes in metabolism or even serious problems such as aneurysms and tumors. Therefore, looking for a doctor to do the due exams is the best way to clarify doubts.

In addition, patients who have had the same type of headache for several years and whose clinical and neurological examinations do not show any change usually suffer from some form of primary headache, such as migraine, and only very rarely will the pain be due to another illness.

Don’t Give Chances to Misfortune:  Anyone who has high blood pressure, high cholesterol or another problem that interferes with the cardiovascular system ( Diabetes , for example), should not underestimate the headaches: “When a cerebral artery ruptures “causing an aneurysm, the pain headache is sudden and is almost always accompanied by vomiting and stiffness in the back of the neck, resulting from a chemical meningitis caused by blood leaking into the membranes that cover the brain.

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