Everyone gets a headache now and then. Usually, they are nothing to worry about, merely a painful nuisance. However, there are many different kinds of headaches, some of which can be cause for worry. The symptoms of various kinds of headaches can also be different.
Below are several different kinds of headaches that your aging relative may experience.
Tension headaches are one of the most common kinds of headache. They usually feel like dull pain that occurs on both sides of the head and is constant rather than throbbing. They can also cause a feeling of pressure behind the eyes or light and sound sensitivity. Some people feel pain in their shoulders, neck, or face, too. Tension headaches are typically triggered by stress, depression, and anxiety, but can also be caused by dehydration, loud noises, or a missed meal.
Migraine pain is usually throbbing and happens on only one side of the head. Other symptoms of migraine include:
- Sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.
- Experiencing auras before the headache starts.
People with cluster headaches experience severe pain that can feel burning or piercing. The pain happens on one side of the head, behind the eye or in the face. Cluster headaches can also cause other symptoms on the side of the body that is affected. These symptoms may include:
- Nasal congestion.
- Watering eye.
They are called cluster headaches because they happen in a series of several headaches. Each one will range in length from 15 minutes to as long as three hours. People who suffer from cluster headaches have between one and four headaches per day. They typically happen at around the same time of the day.
Headaches can be caused by using certain kinds of medications too often. You may hear this kind of headache called a “rebound headache.” They can happen when a person takes painkillers on more than 15 occasions per month. Some of the medicines that can cause a medication-overuse headache are:
- NSAIDS, like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Senior care providers can help your aging relative to ease the pain of common kinds of headaches. A senior care provider can remind the senior to use an over-the-counter painkiller or to take medications prescribed by the doctor. Senior care providers can also offer a warm cloth to place on the back of the neck to ease tension. They can also gently rub the senior’s neck and shoulders. If the symptoms of a headache are particularly concerning, a senior care provider can make sure your aging relative receives medical care as soon as possible.
Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320767.php https://www.healthline.com/health/headache/types-of-headaches https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/migraines-headaches-basics#1