Five myths about headaches you need to know

Understanding Pain Adult

Published on 26th January 2018

Edited on 26th January 2018

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Have you ever asked yourself, what is a headache? That sometimes throbbing, distracting, annoying feeling that hangs in your head – most of us at some time have had to put up with a headache. And they seem to have a knack of coming on at the worst time.

From tension headaches and cluster headaches to sinus headaches and migraines, each one is different. So uncovering these five widely held myths could be the start to helping getting rid of them for good.

MYTH #1 - Migraines are the most common type of headache

Actually tension headaches are the most common type of headache, with most people getting them at some point in their lives. The reason they’re so common could be down to our modern lifestyle and stress. This can make muscles in the head and neck become strained, and it’s these muscles that are often the real source of tension headaches. You probably know the feeling of one of these headaches - a dull, aching pain usually on both sides of your head.

MYTH #2 - Only adults get headaches

Headaches aren’t just for grown-ups. Children get them too- the only difference is they can’t always tell you, especially young children. Although they’re not always serious, it’s important to keep an eye on headaches in children and consult a doctor if they get worse.

MYTH #3 - Migraines are just really bad headaches

Not exactly true. Migraines are different to other headaches. They’re actually a neurological disorder and can feel much worse than your normal headache. Although it’s not known what exactly causes migraines; the pain is thought to be caused by a chemical called serotonin.

If you’re suffering from a migraine, you may get other symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light. You might even experience visual problems known as auras and see flashing lights or zigzag lines.

MYTH #4 - Only women get recurring headaches

Guess what? We can all get them. And while men are at less risk from tension headaches and migraines, they’re four times more likely to get cluster headaches. These headaches get their name because you experience groups or clusters of headaches for several weeks, occurring once or twice a year around the same time. The pain’s usually felt behind your eye or on one side of your head coming on strong and unexpected.

MYTH #5 - All headaches are psychological

Most headaches usually are caused by an underlying physical cause. Just like how the source of tension headaches are often caused by muscles in the head and neck becoming strained. They in turn send out pain signals that are felt on both sides of the head. It’s why tension headaches often feel like a tight band around your head.

If you’re experiencing one of these headaches, you might want to consider using a pain reliever such as Nurofen Express Maximum Strength 400mg Tablets.

Nurofen is indicated for other body aches and pains and works on other parts of the body.


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