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Complete Guide to Headaches in Yuba City

Complete Guide to Headaches in Yuba City

Headaches in Yuba City CA

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches, the most common type, feel like a constant ache or pressure at the bottom of the skull and around the neck and head. Not as severe as migraines, they don’t usually cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely halt daily activities.

Over-the-counter treatments, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen (Tylenol), are usually sufficient to treat them. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles, including in response to stress.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are recurring and more common in men than women. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face.

People often feel restless and tired as they are unlikely to lie down, as someone with a migraine might. The cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but there may be a genetic component. There is no academic cure, but research suggests hot sauna and sleeping on the right side (right shoulder down) helps drain the sinus and limbic system of the brain.

Migraine Headaches

Here are some criteria for migraines:

  1. First, migraines most commonly run in families.
  2. Sensitive to light and sound.
  3. A migraine may be foreshadowed by aura, such as visual distortions or hand numbness.
  4. Diagnosed in early years, teens to early twenties.
  5. Mostly located at the top of the head, like a band, or throbbing on one side of head.

Most people with migraines are diagnosed at an early age due to abnormal sleep patterns. People often find relief in dark quite places (closet, sitting alone in car at night, you get the picture). Trends are showing a chemical imbalance in hormones associated with sleeping in the late afternoon.

Sinus Headaches
When a sinus becomes inflamed, due to an infection, it can cause pain. It usually comes with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fiber-optic scope.

Headaches due to sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics, antihistamines or decongestants.

Other conservative cares include nasal flush and hot steam-sauna.


Other Rare Causes of Headaches:

Aneurysm
Mimic migraine headaches, caused by weakness of inner most layer of blood-vessel wall. This can rupture (stroke) and allow blood to leak slowly resulting in a sudden, unbearable headache, double vision, and rigid neck. The individual rapidly becomes unconscious and fall-over, then regains contentiousness, this may happen several times before being diagnosed with aneurysm. Hypertension is the greatest risk factor.

Depression
The presence of depression is often subtle and the diagnosis is frequently missed. Depression has a wide spread affliction that can be treated, but first it must be unmasked from conversation and complete history. This type of headache is present in an overly worried person who seem nervous and jittery on a regular bases.

Eye-Strain
Related to overuse of eye, rare.

Exertion
Usually after an active and rigorous workout, run, or other physical activity. Passive causes include sneezing, coughing, or bowl movement; muscle fatigue and cramp is the underlying mechanism.

Post-Traumatic Headache
Mostly occurs after a concussion injury from a sport or car accident. Cause of injury can be pinpointed.

Tic Douloureux
Short, sharp, burning, jab like pain found in the face around the mouth or jaw. It is a relatively rare disease of the neural impulses and is more common in women after age 55.

Tumor
Headache progressively worsens within a few weeks, may be associated with projectile vomiting. Possible sensory changes such as vision, hearing, or personality changes- problems with walking associated with equilibrium; gait, or coordination. It is an extremely rare condition, but if seizures accompany headache this is a Reg Flag.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Painful click in jaw, feels like pain is inside the ear. Mostly due to teeth grinding or crooked jaw-line (upper jaw doesn’t line with lower jaw).

Menstrual Headache
Migraine-type pain that occurs shortly before, during, or immediately after menstruation or at mid-cycle. Caused by variation in estrogen levels.

Hypertension Headaches
Classic presentation is in a patient that is already diagnose with high blood pressure. More sever in the morning and eases off throughout the day

Hunger Headache
Headache strikes just before mealtime. It is caused by muscle tension due to low blood sugar and rebound dilation of the blood vessels, oversleeping, or missing a meal.

Giant Cell Arteritis
A boring, burning, or jabbing pain caused by inflammation of the temporal arteries; pain, often around the ear, when chewing. Patient has not other history of headaches, then gets a sever stabbing pain at the side of head. This rarely affects people under 50. Possible cause maybe immune disorder.

Fever Headache
Generalized head pain that develops with fever and is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels of the head, caused by infection and high body temperatures. A fever, headache, and rash together at once is a red flag for infection.

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