- Abdominal Migraine: usually normally seen in children from ages 5-9 yrs. although it can occur in adults as well; what is notable about these types of migraines in particular, is that they feature abdominal pain, nausea, & vomiting as primary symptoms.
- Chronic Migraine: CM migraines are classified when they are 15 days or more a month- basically meaning, that if you spend more of your time with a migraine than not, during the entire month- then you might be suffering from chronic migraines.
- Cluster Headaches: usually occur in men more than women, these are short-lasting and often are on one side of the head- they can be intense during onset. Many suffers of these types of headaches, describe it as "like a hot poker in the eye" or "burning".
- Ice Pick Headaches: often are short & stabbing, and usually extremely intense headaches that can be scary- although they don't normally occur longer than over 30 seconds; they can however seem to appear "out of nowhere" and many migraine suffers describe [up to 40%] having experienced an ice pick headache at some point in their lives.
- Retinal Migraine: form of migraine that is usually in response to a particular type of visual disturbance that happens before the migraine attack; starting in one eye and can occur from things like: seeing twinkling lights or decreased/lost vision.
- Sinus Headaches: sometimes these types of headaches can be misdiagnosed as migraines, however they are usually accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light/noise, pulsing/throbbing pain, and congestion.
- Tension-type Heaches [TTH]: these types of headaches are usually moderate in intensity and occur on both sides of the head [bilateral] and is coupled with throbbing & pulsing. Tension-type headaches can last from 30 mins., up to 7 days and is commonly described as "a band around the head" or "vice-like".
FOR PRIMARY HEADACHES: stand-alone illnesses- like migraines, cluster headaches, & tension headaches.
- Physical exertion.
- Temperature changes.
- External pressure.
- Pain on the scalp.
- Issues with the blood vessels, muscles, & nerves of the head & neck.
- Changes in chemical activity in the brain.
- Diet [glutens & dairy for example].
FOR SECONDARY HEADACHES: symptoms of another condition that stimulates the pain-sensitive nerves of the head- like dehydration, blood clots, panic attacks, 'brain freeze', & the flu.
- Eating or drinking cold foods like icecream or floats.
- Having a fever from an illness, such as Influenza.
- Sensory changes and stiffness.
Natural Headache Remedies:
- Almonds: Some who suffer from migraines may find these nuts to be a trigger food for the onset of a migraine, however many people report that Almonds often help reduce their headache pain. The reason? Almonds contain salicin, which acts as a natural pain reliever.
- Yoga: Not only does this cause you to stretch and relax your muscles, but you will get your mind focused as well. This is an excellent solution for tension-type headaches- especially if you do this before the onset of your migraine by doing this 2-3 times a week for around 15 mins. at a set-aside time ea. day.
- Peppermint Oil: Rub 2-5 drops on your temples, forehead, & back of your jaw- then, breathe in deeply @ least 10 times slowly. If you have super sensitive skin, dilute the oil with a couple of drops of olive or jojoba oil.
- Tall Glass of Water: Drink on the onset of a migraine and then sip water throughout the day after finishing off your first glass. This can reduce headaches due to dehydration & alcohol-induced headaches.
- Gingerroot: Take some gingerroot and slice thinly; take @ least 3 slices & place in 2 cups of water. Gently simmer for 30 minutes [covered]; then pour the mixture into a mug and sip slowly while breathing in the steam too! This remedy is great for migraines that accompany nausea.
- Feverfew: 1 oz. fresh or dried feverfew flowers + 1 pint of boiling water; steep this brew for 10 mins. and then stain well. Drink this solution twice daily as needed- you can reduce or eliminate migraines and tension headaches with this treatment- without the side effects of ingredients like asprin.