June Is Migraine And Headache Awareness Month

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, which presents the opportunity to develop further awareness concerning the degree of discomfort that anyone with migraines or severe headaches is forced to endure.

Headaches can occur in any area of the head, and the pain may be located on one side of the head, or on some occasions, it can also impact both sides. The unwanted symptoms can include throbbing, aching or sharp pain. a throbbing sensation or a dull ache.

While migraine headaches are not the most common form of headache, the intensity of the symptoms that are involved with migraines is the most incapacitating. The severe effects of migraines can also manifest themselves in other areas beyond the strong pain in the head itself.

There are other forms of headaches beyond migraines that can also emerge, including tension headaches, cluster headaches, posttraumatic and sinus headaches. Since a number of people are affected by the physical challenges that each type of headache can deliver, that makes it beneficial to review the causes and symptoms that are involved with these most common form of headaches. Because your opportunity to reduce the discomfort will improve sizably if you know what specific condition that you are contending with.

Migraines

Migraine headaches have also been referred to as an over-excitability of specific with areas of the brain, and the impact of these headaches can be debilitating. According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, 20.0% of women and 9.7% of men aged who were at least 18 years old experienced a migraine or a severe headache during the past three months. Migraines are most likely to occur for people between the ages of 25 and 55, and 90% of those who must deal with migraines have a history of these headaches in their families.

You will certainly embrace any form of relief from the symptoms of a migraine, which impacts nearly 15% of the population. While other forms of headaches can be more prevalent, migraine are the most formidable, and can sometimes qualify as disabling. They can also linger, as the duration of a migraines can reside between 4-72 hours.

If you are experiencing a pounding or throbbing sensation, or are dealing with vomiting, nausea, or a noticeable sensitivity to light, then you are contending with the common symptoms of a migraine. Your throbbing could also be located on one side of your head, and your sensitivity to something sound and light could be prominent.

If this is a scenario that you encounter, then attempting to pinpoint the source that triggers your migraines will be worthwhile. This might involve keeping a record of what you eat and drink, along with the specifics of your sleeping habits.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are easily the most prevalent among these unwelcome conditions, as 90% of all headaches reside in this category. These are often located in the head and neck when your muscles contract, which can create the sensation of a tight band that progresses around your forehead. There are multiple factors that can trigger tension headaches, including caffeine, alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep, and colds.

An excessive time that is spent staring at a computer can sometimes be the culprit for a tension headache, as can the daily stress that can create occur in day to day living. This can emerge amid the emotions that can we experience during the various challenges that can emerge during our relationships with others.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches have the unfortunate distinction of being one of the more painful forms of headaches. It has been more difficult to determine the cause for cluster headaches as opposed to the forms that are more clearly defined. Symptoms of a cluster headache can include intense discomfort in the area of one eye, and one side of your head. 

You might also encounter noticeable tearing, redness, and swelling in the impacted eye. Once a cluster develops, it can sometimes continue for 6-12 weeks before the effects will cease. These headaches do usually occur with men and are most likely to develop between the ages of 20-50. If you have a family history of cluster headaches, then you are more likely to experience them.

Sinus Headaches

This condition can develop as the result of an allergic reaction, or possibly due to an infection. The indications that you are experiencing a sinus headache include discomfort in your forehead, nose or cheekbones, which can be accompanied by the frequent symptoms that accompany issues with your sinuses such as a runny nose, swelling, and fever.  

Posttraumatic Headaches

It has been estimated that around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur every year in the U.S. Posttraumatic Headaches normally takes place in the aftermath of a head injury. In addition to the aching itself, other symptoms can include vertigo, memory problems, difficulty with concentration, lightheadedness, fatigue, and irritability.

When You Should Visit A Doctor

You should seek immediate medical attention if you are contending with sudden symptoms that include difficulty with speech, problems with confusion, or any changes in your personality. This is also the case for the loss of balance, weakness, dizziness, numbness, or the complete inability to move your body.  

You should also receive prompt medical attention if you are experiencing blurry vision or double vision, a shortness of breath, a severe form of nausea, vomiting, of if your discomfort occurs following rigorous physical activity.  

You should schedule an appointment with a physician if you are dealing with headaches that are occurring at least three times each week, or if they are becoming more intense. You should also see a doctor if you are taking pain relievers on a daily basis, or if your headaches are restricting your ability to experience a regular lifestyle.  

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions about a migraine, any form of a headache, or any other type of pain that you may have encountered, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This includes:

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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