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Description of the different kinds of headaches

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Description of the Different Kinds of Headaches
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Migraine headache A migraine headache is a throbbing head pain with nausea, photophobia and appetite  change. A migraine is recurrent, often life-long, and characterized by recurring attacks,  generally from moderate to severe and can be debilitating. It is caused by the activation  of a mechanism deep in the brain that leads to release of pain-producing inflammatory  substances around the nerves and blood vessels of the head (WHO, 2016) Tension headache Tension headache is the most common primary headache disorder; it may be related to  stress or musculoskeletal problems. The characteristic of a tension headache is of a dull quality, with a bilateral pain radiating from forehead to the occiput in a band-like fashion  (WHO, 2016).  A cluster headache Is an acute or chronic pain with episodic and far less common than a migraine or  tension headaches. The pathophysiology of cluster headaches is yet to be understood.  However, hypothalamic dysfunction is believed to be involved in the disruption of  circadian rhythms (Arcangelo, et al., 2017). Treatment for the different types of Headaches Migraine headache :  nonpharmacological approach such as lifestyle modify actions,  and avoidance of triggers must be first considered.  Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory 
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Drugs (NSAIDS) and aspirin for mild to moderate a migraine. Over-the-counter caffeine- containing compounds such as Excedrin Extra Strength or Excedrin Migraine are known to be effective. 5HT1 receptor agonists (Triptan) are indicated to treat an acute migraine
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