First off a primary headache is known as a headache that is caused by itself. Versus a secondary headache that is caused by something else.
Common Primary Headaches are:
1. Migraine Headaches
- Occur on one side of your head
- Create sensitivity to light and sound
- Can cause nausea and/or vomiting
- May cause Aura, which is a visual disturbance or blurred vision
- May be caused by changes in the brain-stem and trigeminal nerve interactions. Trigeminal nerve is a major pain pathway.
- Triggers - hormonal changes, foods, drinks (alcohol)
2. Tension Headaches
- Often called "stress headache"
- Dull pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead
- Starts at the base of the skull and works forward
- Is on both sides equally
- Can be caused by stress from school, work, family, friends, and other relationships
- Also may be caused by poor posture
Tension headaches much like migraines are extremely common in our chiropractic office in La Jolla. We again have great success with tension headaches because the majority of them come from poor posture which we see through our thorough examination as well as x-rays of the spine.
3. Cluster Headaches
- Also known as "suicide headaches"
- Are the most severe of headaches
- Produce a burning, piercing pain
- Headaches are grouped together, sometimes as much as 8x/day
- Can cause tenderness of the scalp as the arteries pulsate
- Some causes are trigeminal nerve is affected creating facial and eye pain
- The parasympathetic nervous system is also affected and can cause teary eyes.
Cluster headaches are by far some of the worst types of headaches you can experience. Patients in our Clairemont chiropractic office have seen great results with these, however it does take time for these to resolve. The nervous system is extremely sensitive, the pain is great, and the root cause takes time to heal properly.
4. Exertional Headaches
- Usuuall ydescribes as a throbbing-like pain
- On both sides of the head
- Typically stem from hard exercises or activities (lifting, tennis, HIIT training)
Exertional headaches are really common among athletes pushing themselves or even workout enthusiasts. When you begin to get this style of headache, it is advised to take a few moments to re-gather yourself.
Common Secondary Headaches are:
1. Medication Overuse Headaches
- One of most common types of headache disorders worldwide
- Regular overuse for over 3 months seek treatment for headaches
- Recommended treatment is prevention first and detoxification immediately
We highly recommend if you are suffering from medication overuse headaches to seek a consultation with your medical doctor and/or pharmacist to evaluate your dosage of medication. We also recommend that you seek care from a chiropractor near you. The reason for seeing chiropractor is not because of the drugs themselves, but rather the issues for why you are taking the drugs may be something we can help out with. We see a lot of things in our Clairemont chiropractic office that people do not feel is chiropractic, but yet see amazing results from.
2. Sinus Headaches
- Commonly caused by allergies, infections, or colds
- Facial pain, forehead pain, temple pain, and cheek pain
- Runny or stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and more
At our La Jolla chiropractic office, we use a specific technique for patients suffering from sinus headaches as well as sinus congestion as a whole. We have seen amazing results, with a simple and gentle technique.
3. Caffeine Related Headaches
- Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world
- The withdrawal headache is caused by the blood vessels constricting in the brain, ultimately reducing the blood flow
- Did you know that over-the-counter headache medicine such as Excedrin has caffeine in it to promote blood vessel dilation to help reduce the headaches.
- If you decide you would like to consume less caffeine, ease your way into it. Do not go cold turkey as it is a likely way to fail immediately.
If you are unsure what type of headache you are experiencing, give our office a call and set up a free consultation with our Gonstead chiropractor. He will be able to ask questions to give a lot of information and see if it is something we can help out with and if it is not, Dr Zach Beatty, DC will point you the right direction to get you the help you need.
4. Head Injury Headaches
- Headaches after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common symptoms of a head injury
- After brain injury the most common types of headaches are migraines, tension, cervicogenic, and rebound headaches
- Yes concussions is part of this
Dr Zach Beatty, DC you Gonstead chiropractor in San Diego specializes in concussions. He even speaks for the Mary Seau CTE foundation, has had several documented concussions, and remains current on the research and literature.
Should you have any questions as to how or if we can help in our San Diego chiropractic office, please reach out. We would love the opportunity to see how we can help you achieve your health goals.
Dr Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Chiropractor in San Diego