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4 Different Types of Headache and What They Actually Mean

Known in the medical world as cephalalgia, a headache is “the symptom of pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck,” according to Wikipedia’s definition.

One thing you should take note of, however, is that there are different types of headaches and determining which one you’re having is key to experiencing relief – or it may even serve as a clue towards pinpointing a more serious concern.

On a blog post by HealthyPage, we learn and understand more about 4 different types of headaches namely the “Thunderclap,” the head injury, the first thing in the morning, and the sudden headache.

1. The “Thunderclap”

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According to the blog, “thunderclap” headaches are quick but severe. This may be the most common headache type but in some instances, this may indicate a serious underlying concern such as bleeding around the brain.

2. The Head Injury

Of course, you will feel terrible pain if you experience a head injury. Besides, the head is one of the most sensitive parts of our body. Depending on the impact of the injury, it is best to consult with a physician to ensure you receive proper treatment. HealthyPage adds “Left untreated, concussions can cause long-term damage to your physical and mental health.”

3. The First Thing In The Morning

This is not a common headache type since, most of the time, we feel invigorated upon waking up – unless, of course, you did not get ample rest. In case you’re feeling a massive headache after 7 to 9 hours of sleep, this may be a sign of a “more serious condition.”

4. Sudden Headaches

This is similar to the “thunderclap” but the main difference here is that you will usually “feel weak in the face, legs, or arms.” HealthyPage explains “If you find yourself feeling numb on one-half of your body in addition to these other symptoms, it could be the first stage of a heart attack.”

Checking with a doctor is often a good idea not only to know which medicine will be best for you but to determine whether your headache needs further treatment.

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