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Many Forms of Headaches and Pain Conditions
Headaches, like most medical conditions, present themselves in different ways. They all obviously occur in or near the head, but they can also occur with a variety of symptoms. Headaches can hurt under the very top of the head, behind the eyes or in the temple areas. The pain can occur in a single area, like one side of the head; on both sides of the head; or radiate around or across the head when the head is moved.
Even the pain can vary significantly. Most people have experienced mild headaches that are easily treated with aspirin or NSAIDs. However, there are headaches that are presented as severe throbbing sensations, intermittent sharp pain, dull and consistent ache and a mixture of pain types.
Treatment for Headaches
The treatment for head pain relief depends on the type of headache experienced. There is no single treatment for headaches because they are so varied and unique to each person. Mild and infrequent headaches can be self-treated with pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen or ibuprofen. However, use them cautiously because taking too many over time can lead to rebound headaches.
When to Consult the Doctor
There are three important points to keep in mind. One is that most headaches are easily treated at home and often can be eliminated by making lifestyle changes.
The second point is that it is important to recognize serious symptoms and to get emergency care.
Third, see a physician for chronic headaches because there are many treatment options. The physician will customize the treatment to meet the patient’s circumstances.