What is it- This is a type of headache that is an intense pounding like headache that is usually one side of the head.
Common Triggers- Stress- emotional or physical (poor sleep, tiredness, low sugar levels), alcohol, foods such as cheese or chocolate, even missing meals, or caffeine. Environmental factors such as simply the quality of light (bright lights) can cause a migraine. Other causes such as medication like the contraceptive pill and sometimes Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Symptoms- Theses include an intense pain one sided, vomiting, nausea, light sensitivity, sometimes disturbances in speech or even vision with flashing lights, dots of light, zig zag lines (all known as visual aura). Rarely but can occur, some people experience one sided weakness or changes in sensation in an affected arm or leg.
Treatment- The main stay of treatment is to try and identify the trigger and avoid if possible. Ensuring you have a healthy diet, regular exercise, avoid skipping meals and keep well hydrated. However, sometimes it is necessary to take medication such as analgesia (pain killers) these should include paracetamol and or ibuprofen (must consult a GP or pharmacist first). If these fail and you are concerned please book an appointment online and our doctors are at hand to discuss your symptoms and treatment options that may be available on prescription.
With migraines it is best to avoid codeine based medications as these can worsen migraines and cause further problems.
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What is it- This is a very common headache usually found at the front of the head and feels like a tight band across the front or a pressure at the top of the head.
There are many types of headaches and all can affect the quality of life. For further information on types of headaches go to the following link
Causes- Most of the time this type of headache (Tension Type) is caused by emotional or physical stress.
Symptoms- Pressure like feeling at the front of the head or on the top of the head. Sometimes this pain can also travel into your neck.
However, if you have any of the following symptoms you must dial 111 or attend your local Accident and Emergency Department ;
- Neck stiffness
- Light sensitivity
- Weakness in one or both limbs
- Facial Weakness
- A history of head trauma
- Associated rash
- Or if your headache is of sudden onset and you have never suffered with headache before
Treatment-These types of headache are usually managed with relaxation techniques, addressing the underlying causes of any emotional or physical stress however in the short term they can be managed with simple analgesia (pain killers) such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
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