, NJ (PressExposure) May 12, 2008 -- Tension type Headaches:
Tension type headaches are the most common, affecting about 75% of all headaches sufferers. They're are caused by muscled tension in the neck, shoulders or head resulting from bad posture, social or psychological stress or fatigue. As many as 90% of adults have had a tension type headache. Some people get tension type (and migraine) headaches in response to stressful events or hectic day.
Cluster headaches are relatively rare, affecting about 1% of headaches sufferers. They are distinct from migraine and tension type headaches. Most cluster headache sufferers are male, about 85%. Attacks occur episodically in groups (between periods of no headaches) and last for 6-8 weeks. A history of heavy smoking and drinking is common and alcohol often triggers attacks.
Rebound headaches may occur among people with tension type headaches as well as in those with migraines. It appears to be the result of taking prescription or non-prescription pain relievers daily or almost every day, contrary to directions on the package label. If prescription or non-prescription pain relievers are overused, the headaches may "rebound" as the last dose wears off, leading one to take more and more pills. This is good reasons to call your doctor.
Migraine headaches are less common than tension type headaches. As many as 6 % of all men and up to 18% of all women (about 12% of the population as a whole) experience a migraine headaches at some time. Roughly three out of four migraine sufferers are female. Among the most distinguishing features is the potential disability accompanying the headaches pain of a migraine. An aura - a group of tell neurological symptoms sometimes occurs before the head pain begins. Typically, an aura involves a disturbance in vision that may consists of brightly colored or blinking lights in a patterns that moves across the field of vision. About one in five migraines sufferers experience and aura. Usually, migraine attacks are occasional, or sometimes as often as once or twice a week, but not daily.