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The Truth About Headaches

Updated on April 21, 2016

What Are Headaches?

A headache is a bad pain in your head that feel's like your brain is hurting. This is not the case as your brain cannot feel pain whatsoever but scientists do believe its actually the surrounding tissues, brain chemicals, blood vessels, and nerves that produce the pain signals.

Why Do We Get Headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common medical conditions and every would have experienced a headache before in their life. Sometimes the causes are unknown but its a fact they are a huge inconvenience. Sometimes people just get headaches from everyday lifestyle choices such as their diet, smoking, drinking alcohol ect. Sometimes people get headaches due to a medical condition such as an infection, fever, head injury, hypoglycemia, tumors, dental conditions or increased pressure in the skull and/or sinuses (sinus headaches).

7 Types of Headaches

Here are 7 types of headaches you have probably experienced at some point in your life and the causes and cures for them.

Tension Headaches

These headaches are the most common type of headache.

They are usually caused by stress, anxiety, bad posture, and clenching your jaw, and these headaches can become chronic, although they usually aren’t severe.

These headaches can usually be helped with over the counter pain killers.

Rebound Headaches

Rebound headaches are chronic headaches caused by medication overuse. Taking headache medication for than twice a week can actually be the cause of your headache.

Dental Headaches

There are dental-related conditions that can trigger headaches or face pain, such as bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Bruxism is when you grind your teeth when asleep. TMJ affects the joints located just in front of your ear, which connect the jaw to the skull. Your dentist can help treat these types of headaches and these can be difficult to shift with over the counter pain killers.

Cluster headache

Cluster headaches are one sided headaches and usually only last between 15 minutes - 3 hours but they are extremely painful and even have the nickname "Suicide Headache".

These headaches can reoccur regularly and even multiple times a day but are usually followed by a headache free couple of weeks or even months.

These are usually caused by alcohol, cigarettes, high altitudes, and certain foods.


Migraines are severe headaches and they are three times more common in women than men. The causes aren't completely known but genes do play a role, and brain cell activity may affect blood vessel and nerve cell function & one common migraine trigger is change, including hormones, stress, and sleeping or eating patterns.

Migraines are one of the most likely headaches to make you hide yourself under your covers with all the lights off & some medication you can take to try and help is acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or triptans (such as Imitrex or Zomig).

Caffeine Headaches

Most of us love a cup of coffee in the morning or even maybe a cheeky energy drink sometimes but they can cause problems. When your body gets used to a certain amount of caffeine, then you don't consume that caffeine one day you start to have caffeine withdrawal and that causes a caffeine headache.

You have two options, either stick to a similar caffeine intake everyday or quit it altogether.

Orgasm Headaches

Yes, That's Right!. Them orgasms we all love can cause you headaches. These headaches are more common in men and are very rare and mostly affect younger people.

These headaches are likely to go away on their own but if they reoccur often then you should see your doctor as this can be a sign of something more serious.

It's horrible to think but there is most likely never going to be a cure for headaches because there are so many different reasons for us getting them. Lets just hope most headaches we do get can be treated from over the counter medication.

Please remember I am not a doctor and if you continue to get headaches regularly please visit your doctor just to be on the safe side. You may have an underlining problem which is causing your headaches and it needs to be checked into.

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