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What Kind of Headaches Do You Get?

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If you often get headaches, this "quiz" can help you figure out what's causing them.

Your head hurts—again. But do you know what type of headache it is? What may have caused it? And most importantly, how to ease the pain?

Before you reach for the aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, take this "quiz" to pinpoint what type of headache you may have.

1.The most common kind of headache is a tension headache.

  • True

    Up to 90% of people will have a tension headache at some point in their lives.

2.Migraine is just another word for a bad headache.

  • False

        Migraine is clinically defined as more than 5 episodes of headaches that last 4 to 72                              hours, with pain so severe it interferes with daily activity. Migraines may be associated                          with nausea, sensitivity to light or sound and visual disturbances.

3.There are about 15 kinds of headaches.

  • False

          According to the International Headache Society, there are about 150 kinds of                                       headaches.

4. A change in sleep patterns can cause headaches.

  • True

    A change in your sleep pattern—too much or too little—may instigate a headache. It’s best to get the same amount of sleep each night and to get up at the same time each day, even on the weekend.

5. A walk around the block can help you feel better when you have a headache.

  • True

    Moderate exercise can help ease headache pain and may be effective in reducing chronic headaches.

6. Alternative or healing therapies are not effective in reducing headache pain.

  • False

         Chronic stress is a common cause of tension headaches. Stress-reducing healing modalities,               such as biofeedback and relaxation, have been found to reduce headaches in some people.                 Other alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, may also be effective.

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