14 Types Of Headaches And How To Make Them Go Away!

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Headaches are a pain in the … well, the head, of course, but they can be so much more than that. If you have ever had a migraine, you know that they can make your entire life come to stop. Sinus headaches can make you feel as if your head alone weighs 50 pounds.

Common tension headaches are not a big deal, but did you know that there are probably 14 different types of headaches? We know a great deal more about headaches than we did 20 or 30 years ago, but there remains a great many mysteries about headaches that we have yet to discover.

Let’s take a look at the 14 different types of headaches and, most importantly, how you can get rid of them and keep them from becoming a regular pain much lower down.


1.  The Weekend Headache

Some people experience headaches that mainly seem to happen on weekends. Although the exact cause is not known  (we aren’t talking about hangover here!), it’s thought to be the result of oversleeping, going to bed later than normal, or a withdrawal from caffeine. Also, for those who have highly stressful jobs, the release you feel on the weekend can sometimes trigger a headache. Try sticking with your normal sleeping and waking hours, drinking a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, and practicing yoga or mediation during the week to release stress before the weekend arrives.


2. The Rebound Headache

If you have ever used spray type nasal decongestants, you have found that they can lead to a perpetually stuffy nose. The same is true of rebound headaches, which are often caused by the overuse of over-the-counter pain medications. If you take any type of pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or even Tylenol more than twice a week, or if you take triptans (migraine drugs) more than 10 days each month, you are at a greater risk for rebound headaches.  You have only two choices here. Live with the headaches, and stop taking all pain medications for 90 days, or see your doctor for alternatives.


3. The Period Headache

As if PMS were not enough to deal with, a sudden drop in estrogen right before your cycle starts can often trigger headaches or even migraines. If you regularly get headaches about three days before and two days after your period starts, you are experiencing a menstrual or period headache. Try taking magnesium supplements about six to 10 days before your period is supposed to start.

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