There are two other types of headaches and these are cluster and secondary headaches. In this article we are going to discuss the symptoms of these headaches how to treat them effectively.
Cluster headaches are not as common as migraine or tension headaches. They typically occur in men, in adults who are 20 years of age or older, and in people who smoke. These headaches are considered to b one of the most painful kinds of headache. The pain caused by a cluster headache is so severe that it can awaken the patient from sleep and is often described as a sharp, burning pain.
These intense headaches are typically felt on one side of the head and usually accompanied by facial pain. Other symptoms often associated with cluster headaches include redness and watering of the eye, drooping of the eyelids and nasal blockages. These can occur every day and may even last from a few weeks to months. However, some patients do experience periods of remission. Despite the intense pain that cluster headaches bring, they are not life threatening.
Secondary headaches are headaches that are caused by some other condition and fall in to the following two categories.
Not life threatening headaches:
- Substance use such as alcohol and/or medication overuse. The withdrawal from these substances may also cause headaches
- Psychiatric problems
- Trauma or concussion to the head as well as the structure of the head and neck
Dangerous/Life threatening headaches:
- Temporal arteritis
Dangerous headaches tend to occur suddenly. They are progressive and typically start later in life.
If a patient experiences the sudden onset of a severe headache, which they have not experienced before, they should seek medical advice immediately. At our chiropractic clinics in Chester and St. Asaph, we will firstly diagnose what sort of headache a patient has and then treat them accordingly. If a patient is diagnosed with having a secondary headache, they are likely to be referred to a relevant consultant such as a neurologist.