The three main types of chronic headaches are tension, migraine, and cluster.
- Tension is the most common, and is typically described as a band-like vice that creates pressure and pain uniformly around the head, and may involve the neck as well. Tension headaches can occur episodically or chronically.
- Cluster headaches usually occur for a period of time throughout the year and than cease for a period of time. They are characterized by very severe pain usually on one side of the head. Symptoms can last from 15 minutes to three hours.
- Chronic Migraines are characterized by a series of four phases that occur with some regularity but which do vary widely among sufferers: prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. Pain can last from two hours to three days.
The prodrome phase may include difficulty finding words and concentrating, fatigue, excessive yawning, mood changes, and frequency of urination. Only about 30 percent of sufferers experience the prodrome.
The aura can consist of hypersensitivity to touch, auditory hallucinations, sensitivity to light, decrease or loss of hearing, dizziness, vertigo, and parasthesia. About 30 percent of migraine sufferers experience the aura.
In the chronic headaches phase the pain is often unilateral but may switch to bilateral. It can be pulsating or throbbing, and worsened by physical activity. In the postdrome phase, some people describe the feeling as being hung-over. Their intellect is slowed down and is very low energy and mood.
Whatever headache type that you have been diagnosed with, the simple fact is that your body is in a heightened state of inflammation and out of balance. The body does not react with a headache if everything is working fine and in a state of balance. Some of the many causes of headaches may be:
- environmental pollutants and toxicity
- heavy metal toxicity
- chemical sensitivity
- hormone imbalances
- food sensitivities
- yeast overgrowth
- phenol sensitivity
- endotoxins and mycotoxins
- structural problems such as spinal and cranial bone misalignment