Headaches: A Comprehensive 10-Part Report

Almost everyone can relate to the discomfort or pain that is caused by headaches. It is one of the most common health complaints known.

While common it is also complex for researchers who are endeavoring to find new and effective ways to helping sufferers to cope and find relief for their pain. And while not all headaches can be explained or easily treated, some accepted natural causes can include: tension, stress, constipation, sinus issues, eyestrain, low blood sugar, dehydration and anxiety.

We can add to this list some further reasons that are a bit more exotic such as: head trauma, hormonal imbalances, allergic reaction to perfumes or toxins in the air, deficiencies that are nutritional, drugs, smoke (tobacco and otherwise) and alcohol.

A little more unusual are headaches that result from serious medical conditions such as: encephalitis, meningitis, brain aneurysms and brain tumors.

It is considered a reasonable estimate that ninety percent of all headaches are a result of tension. These headaches, as the name indicates, are a result of muscular tension quite often originating, but not limited to, the neck, face and shoulder area. Other types of headaches include the more severe such as migraines and cluster headaches. Some studies have indicated that migraines make up to 6 percent of all headaches. Migraine headaches are vascular in nature and indicate a disturbance in the circulation of the blood to the brain.

Headaches symptoms can vary from individual to individual. Some people may rarely experience one and then, only mildly, while others may suffer from them on a regular basis. The amount of pain suffered and endured is a highly personal matter. For sufferers of headaches that are regular in occurrence and/or particularly painful, it is usually a sign that there may be an underlying health issue.

The treatments that exist and that are recommended for headaches run the gamut from very traditional remedies such as aspirin, which is referred to medically as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or analgesic or pain relief drugs such as acetaminophen to much stronger prescription drugs and various alternative treatments.

Dealing with bad headaches can be one of the most difficult pains to endure. It can make functioning in a normal routine challenging to say the least. While it is intensely gratifying to get some relief from medication, an individual who suffers from headaches regularly is going to want to make the effort to understand the cause of their headaches. This may not be easy to do. While some research will enlighten them about how their body works and how others have been affected - no two people are the same.

This will mean that in trying to discover the underlying problem each person may find it necessary to analyze their circumstances and monitor their environment for a period of time. In the case of severe headaches, working with a health care professional is advised.

Ultimately, being able to find the cause may enable them to eventually head off some of their headaches and thus limit the amount of medication needed which is recommended over relying upon them after the fact.

Part 2: Migraines: Who Suffers from Them, and What Are the Symptoms?
Part 3: What Are the Causes and Trigger Points of Migraine Headaches?
Part 4: What are the Different Types of Headaches and Their Symptoms?
Part 5: How to You Find a Solution For a Nasty Headache?
Part 6: What are the Practical and Natural Treatments for Treating Headaches?
Part 7: How to Work with Your Doctor to Treat Headaches?
Part 8: What Are the Alternative and Natural Treatments for Headaches?
Part 9: What Common Drugs Are Used in Treating Headaches?
Part 10: Unusual Headaches - What Can They Mean?