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Warding off Headaches

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Suffering from a headache can be a miserable experience. It would be useful for a person to be aware of the causes and ways of prevention of headache. In this article are mentioned the various types of headache with their causes and prevention. Homoeopathic remedies are the best relief from headaches, especially primary headaches. Consult your homoeopathic physician, if you have been suffering from frequent, recurring headaches and you will be amazed to see your headaches vanishing away in no time.


'A passion of the soul', pain as defined by Aristotle is the most common symptom accompanying many illnesses. Pain in the head region, headache is the most common type of pain experienced by people. Headaches can be a symptom of many different problems: they are not a disease. Common types include tension, migraine, and secondary headaches -- so called because they're caused by another disorder, such as sinusitis. Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the head, neck, and shoulders, often due to stress, fatigue, or other causes. Migraines are vascular headaches, caused by changes in the blood vessels of the head. Many people consider any bad headache a migraine, but most headaches are not migraines. There are new and very effective treatments available for migraine headaches. Headaches that don't fit a person's usual pattern of headaches should be evaluated by a physician.

Suffering from a headache can be a miserable experience. It would be useful for a person to be aware of the causes and ways of prevention of headache. In this article are mentioned the various types of headache with their causes and prevention.

Headache pain occurs in the tissues covering the brain, the attaching structures at the base of the brain, and the muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face, and neck. The brain itself is insensitive to pain. Headache is defined as primary or secondary. Headache is considered primary when a disease or other medical condition does not cause it. The three most common primary headaches are tension or muscle contraction, migraine, and cluster. It is not uncommon for someone to experience a combination of these headaches. In fact, some experts believe that all headaches are derived from the same mechanisms that cause migraine, and they are simply variations on a single biologictheme. Secondary headaches are caused by other medical conditions, such as sinusitis infection, neck injuries or abnormalities, and stroke.

Headache may be one of the symptoms or expressions of several similar or different illnesses. The common types of headache include migraine, tension headaches, cluster headaches, referred pain, neuralgic pain, headache with intracranial lesions and headache due to other miscellaneous causes such as sinusitis.

Types of Headaches

  • Migraine
  • Tension headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Referred pain
  • Neuralgic pain
  • Headache with intracranial lesions
  • Miscellaneous causes such as sinusitis
Why Does it Hurt?
What hurts when you have a headache?

Several areas of the head can hurt, including a network of nerves, which extends over the scalp and certain nerves in the face, mouth, and throat. Also sensitive to pain, because they contain delicate nerve fibers, are the muscles of the head and blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain.

The bones of the skull and tissues of the brain itself, however, never hurt, because they lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers.

The ends of these pain-sensitive nerves, called nociceptors, can be stimulated by stress, muscular tension, dilated blood vessels, and other triggers of headache. Once stimulated, a nociceptor sends a message up the length of the nerve fiber to the nerve cells in the brain, signaling that a part of the body hurts. The message is determined by the location of the nociceptor.

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