There is no way around it: Headaches are the worst, so the best way to get rid of them is to figure out which type of headache you’re suffering from (yes, there are several). They’re the key? Knowing how to explain your pain and symptoms (such as a headache in the back of the head versus the right or left side) is the easiest way for doctors to decide whether you have daily headaches or a temporary headache, such as a sinus headache, or something more chronic, such the migraines.
However, no one knows for sure what causes headaches:“We know a lot more about what causes headaches now than we did 20 years ago,” says Charles Flippen, MD, associate professor of neurology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “We have a good idea of the parts of the brain cause pain, but we don’t have the full direct understanding.”
Your headache symptoms, on the other hand, will help you (and your doctor) figure out which type of headache you’re having. Here are 16 different types of headaches, as well as the causes of each and, most importantly, how to get rid of them as soon as possible.
continue reading to learn the difference between headaches and migraines and how to relieve stress headaches and more…