Information On Women And Headaches

Information on women and headaches: Headache is more common in women than in men. Find the causes and the ways of treatment and prevention.

There are various reasons why women suffer from headaches more often than men. Changing hormone levels, environment, stress, and social factors play a key role in this. Women also suffer from Migraine headaches more often than men do. In this report, we'll study the different types of headaches as well as some of the causes and the treatments that are currently available. With today's medicine, there is no reason an individual should ever have to suffer with headaches. That's why it's important that women should visit their Doctor about their headaches, and receive treatment for them One of the many headache-causing offenders in Women is Estrogen. As hormonal levels fluctuate during the month, they can cause chemicals in the brain to rise and fall, causing headaches to occur during certain times in a woman's life.

There are different types of headaches ranging from mild to severe. Here are some of the types, their symptoms and some of the treatments available.

MIGRAINE HEADACHE

Most people who experience migraine headaches all know one thing. And that's that they want to pain to stop fast. The pain can be either severe or mild, but the way most people can tell a migraine from a different one is that migraine sufferers will sometimes notice an "aura" before the onset. The aura is usually seeing flashing lights, spots or lines floating either in one or both eyes. After the aura ends, the headache pain usually starts. Some of the other traits of a migraine are that the pain is on one side of the head, but it can occur on both. There are other symptoms too such as; Nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to noise and light, and the need to remain as still as possible.

Some of the triggers for a migraine are:

Red wine

Aged cheeses

Coffee

Nicotine

Oversleeping

Fatigue

Changes in atmosphere (IE. Sudden changes in the weather)

High altitude

Stress

Emotional upset.

Prevention: With migraine headaches, prevention is part of the cure. Here are a few things you can do to relieve, reduce the severity and even prevent migraines from occurring. It's best to keep a diary of what you ate how you felt and everything else (including the current weather conditions) that happened before the onset of your headaches. This will give you and your Doctor an idea of what you can do to prevent these headaches from occurring in the future. After finding what triggers the headaches, avoid them as much as possible. This can reduce your suffering greatly. There are also medications that can help prevent or lessen the severity of migraine headaches. Talk with your Doctor about all the options that are available to you.

TENSION HEADACHE

This type of headache is the most common. It's that dull ache that people suffer from that's usually triggered by stress, fatigue, or hunger, and can be treated with over the counter analgesics.

SINUS HEADACHE

Inflammation and pressure of the sinuses cause this type of headache. Allergies, colds and sinus infections can trigger this headache. Sinus headaches are sometimes mistaken for migraine headaches. Treatment is usually either a decongestant with an analgesic, or if it's due to an infection of the sinuses, then a person may be prescribed an antibiotic.



CLUSTER HEADACHE

This type isn't as common in women as it is in men. This one has a quick onset, and it's short lived, but the pain is usually severe, and can occur in waves throughout the day. This pattern can go on for days at a time. Smoking, alcohol, sleep, and weather changes can cause a cluster headache. A person with cluster headaches may need to be treated by a Doctor. There are medications available to help prevent these from occurring. It's also best to avoid the triggers.

REBOUND HEADACHE

When a person takes medicine for headaches more than 3 times a week, the medicine can stop working and cause what is termed as a "rebound headache". If you find you are taking more medication and getting less relief, it may be time to see a Doctor to discuss what other options are available to break the cycle. Usually getting the person off the current drugs, and placing them on other medications to prevent further discomfort treats this

SECONDARY HEADACHE

This type is caused from an injury or an underlying illness, and should be brought to a Doctors attention immediately. If nausea, vomiting, or unconsciousness accompanies this type of headache, then a secondary headache is usually suspected.

There is no reason for anyone to have to suffer from headache pain. With all of today's medicine and technology, headaches are one of the easiest things to treat. Being a migraine sufferer myself, I can tell you that having to bear even one minute of pain needlessly is not something that anyone should have to endure.

There are so many treatment options for whatever type headache that you experience, that a person should be able to live a normal pain free life. If you or someone you know suffers from any of the headaches listed above, keep a diary of what occurs before the onset, make sure the diary is complete and descriptive, and take it with you to see a doctor.

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