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A-Z of Headaches Commonly experienced with IIH
sometimes mistaken for raised pressure.

Analgesic Rebound when you use this kind of medication on a daily or near daily basis, you will find that analgesics can perpetuate the headache process. They may decrease the intensity of the pain for a few hours, but then, they appear to feed into the pain system in such a way that chronic headaches may result. Many times you could mistake this for a high pressure headache, when in fact it could be merely a rebound headache.

Symptoms are a dull, tension-type headache or may be a more severe migraine-like headache and will continue unless you stop taking the analgesic, or it will become more severe and also have you experiencing nausea and vomiting.

Barometric Migraine are caused by air-pressure changes following weather changes, and they are sometimes referred to as “Weather headaches”. Things that could cause a barometric pressure in your body and resulting in a headache are:

• Rise in temperature (high humidity)
• Fall in barometric pressure
• Fast weather changes
• Lowered oxygen level in the blood

Symptoms are a tight band of pressure that can move slowly and can be vice-like in nature, with pain experienced on either one side or both.

Depression Headache is described as a, non-pulsatile ache, often distributed in a band-like pattern around the head. It may be described as vice-like, a steady pressure, a weight, soreness or a distinct cramp-like sensation. They don’t have a definite pattern; a depressed person will describe his/her headache as lasting for years or throughout life.

Symptoms of a depressive headache are usually dull and generalized, characteristically worse in the morning and in the evening. Information from the National Headache Foundation

Diet and Headache We all know that certain foods can trigger a migraine and it helps to keep a headache log so that you can keep track of what you eat and identify which food is triggering the headache.

Exertional Headache is usually experienced during a physical activity like working out at the gym, running, sexual activity, and coughing, sneezing, laughing and even during bowel movements.

Eye Strain can occur when you are using a computer, watching television or focusing on reading.The symptoms are pain around the eyes that then spread to the forehead, and temple. You may experience blurred vision.

High altitude Headache
is experienced when flying, usually over 3000 meters above sea level. It is also caused Mountain sickness. It’s caused by lack of oxygen reaching the body’s tissues.The common symptoms are headache either the front of the head; one or both sides with a feeling of dullness of pressing that can be mild or severe, with nausea and loss of appetite.

High Pressure Headache has three common symptoms that are usually experienced; severe headache, visual changes and a whooshing noise in the ears. Other symptoms can be; stiffness in the neck, dizziness, lightheadedness and balance problems, short term memory problems, nausea and vomiting.

Ice pick Headache are short, stabbing, extremely intense headaches that can terrify. Generally they only last between five and 30 seconds. However, they come out of nowhere, and can strike anywhere on your head.  It literally feels as if an ice pick is being stuck into your head, and then it disappears. The pain can also seem to occur in or behind the ear. The official name for them is "primary stabbing headache.

Low Pressure Headache symptoms sometimes follow after a lumbar puncture, and can occur within hours after the procedure or in a few days. The symptoms are; severe headache when sitting or standing upright, nausea, vomiting, and neck pain.

Meningitis symptoms of both viral and bacterial meningitis are similar. The symptoms; Headache is the foremost symptom, but fever is also usually present, and the neck is stiff. Bending forward greatly aggravates the pain. The headache is generalized all over the head. Drowsiness and confusion may be present in the more severe cases, and as a one-sided, throbbing headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to bright lights and sounds.

Menstrual Migraine is caused by oestrogen whose main function is to regulate the menstrual cycle. Women will be more vulnerable to headaches when the levels of oestrogen and progesterone change. Birth control influences oestrogen levels so menstrual migraine is more likely to occur more often.

Repressed Emotions/Stress Prolonged stress and emotional repression can trigger a migraine, especially if it is over a long period of time.

Sinus Headache is caused by sinus inflammation which usually follows a cold, virus or allergy. The inflammation causes swelling and increased fluid production. The sinuses then become blocked and this causes pain and pressure resulting in the headache.
The main symptoms are a dull deep throbbing pain in the front of your head and face.

Trigeminal Neuralgia usually affects people over the age of 50. The headache itself is unilateral, recurrent and very intense. It affects the facial area. 
It has been described as painful jabs and a sharp, burning type of pain, often set off by touch, chewing, laughing, talking, or even a cold breeze.

Information sources


National Headache Foundation



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