Everyone gets a headache occasionally. There’s no reason to be concerned, unless you are suffering from this problem on a regular basis. If that’s the case, you should consult with your doctor or other medical professional to determine the root cause. To understand more about headaches, it might be best to begin with the general categories of headaches.

The occasional problem mentioned is probably a tension headache, which many people suffer from because of their busy lives, not getting enough rest etc. Some people experience migraines, which is another level altogether and should be dealt with in a different manner. A third type of headache is actually more than one. This category is called cluster headaches.

Two More Types

Medical professionals and specialists also include daily headaches and hormonal headaches as the other two categories. No matter which group you believe your problem falls into, if your headaches are severe enough to keep you from your daily routine, you should consult with your medical professional to find out what’s causing the problem.

Tension headaches are the most common. These may occur when you’re in a traffic jam or when your Monday morning schedule gets too hectic. Bad posture and eye strain can be the cause of this type of headache. So can grief or stress. You may be able to get past this with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Migraines are sometimes misdiagnosed, especially by the sufferer who thinks it’s just a tension headache. But the cause is more likely caused by inflamed, swollen blood vessels in the brain. Throbbing is commonly associated with this type. Sometimes, the person will feel nauseous or be overly sensitive to light.

This type of headache can be quite debilitating. Causes include eating the wrong types of foods, not getting enough sleep, stress etc. Lifestyle/diet changes and prescription medication may be necessary for relief. But you should talk with your doctor about other treatment methods first.

Cluster Headache

This may be the most painful type. They generally happen every 45 minutes or so, repeatedly through the day, or over the course of several days. The cause is not well known and the occurrence is rare in the general population. Consult with a specialist to see if you can determine the cause.

Chronic daily headaches can be any of the three types mentioned, but the difference is they hit you on many days during the month (half the days or more). This category causes more people to overuse medications than any other type. The cause is not well understood, so you should see your medical professional for treatment.

Hormonal headaches are caused by fluctuations in hormones, usually the level of estrogen. This type of headache is sometimes referred to as period headaches or menstrual headaches.

It’s essential that you talk with your doctor about headaches, so that, together, you can determine a cause and find the proper treatment. Don’t try to self-medicate, which can lead to overuse and serious health issues.