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Pain at the top of the head: 5 causes and what to do

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The main cause of pain on the top of the head is tension headache; However, there are other causes, such as migration or deprivation of the sueño, for example. Although many headaches suffer naturally with time, it is necessary to be aware of the signs and symptoms that these cause.

In general, the majority of headaches do not represent a serious illness; however, if these are intense and persistent, it is important to consult a neurologist to carry out an evaluation and indicate the most appropriate treatment, if necessary.

Discover the main causes of constant headaches.



1. Tension headache

Tension headache is the main cause of pain on the cliff top. This type of pain arises when the person feels very anxious or stressed, as it usually appears daily; However, this does not disable the individual, that is to say, it even manages to maintain its normal routine activities. Asimism, tension headache pain is also characterized by the following:

  • Weight, pressure or feeling of oppression, which feels like a belt or tight hull around the head;
  • Light or moderate intensity;
  • Intolerance to loud noises;
  • It can last from hours to 7 days.

Also, the frequency can vary a lot, occurring less than once a month or for more than 15 days.

What to do: In some cases, tension headache pain improves the use of medication or relaxation. If the headache pains do not improve or last for more than 15 days, it may be necessary to see a neurologist so that a treatment with adequate analgesics is recommended.

Find out more about what is the treatment of tension headache.



2. Migration

Migration is another cause of pain on the top of the head, although it can also appear on the side of the mountain or on the back of the head. Migration can cause intense throbbing pain and it is common for it to appear in people with genetic predisposition and very stressed. In addition, it can generate symptoms such as nausea, cold hands and sensitivity to light and sound.

The suelen migrañas feel on the right side of the head; However, these can appear on either side, and are characterized by being very uncomfortable and disabling pain.

What to do: maintaining an exercise routine on a regular basis can improve blood circulation and relieve pain. Asimism, meditation and yoga can help relax and control the emergence of the crisis. If there is no improvement with these alternatives, it is important to consult a neurologist to carry out the treatment with preventive and immediate relief drugs, such as analgesics.

Know everything about the migration.

3. Drink cold water quickly

Loss of headaches due to cold stimuli for the general surgen way of quickly drinking something cold. This sensation is popularly described as “brain freezing”, and the pains are felt around the top of the head, they are intense and last a few seconds.

What to do: To avoid headaches due to cold stimuli, just drink very cold drinks slowly or choose to consume them at room temperature.

4. Sleep little

Loss of headaches from sleeping too little can affect any person, even those who do not have a genetic predisposition. The bad heat of the sueño, is caused by insufficiency or interruption, for general it causes an intense pain similar to a sensation of weight or pressure felt in the part of the top of the head. In addition, sleeping is harmful to health and affects memory.

What to do: Sleeping more, reducing stress and maintaining a good posture, even when sitting, can prevent many types of headaches. The recommendation is to sleep 6 to 8 hours per night and try to have a dark, quiet and comfortable environment, in addition to an ergonomic table when you are seated and working at a table.

Know some things you can take at night to sleep better.

5. Occipital neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia occurs when the nerves that come from the spinal column to the scalp are injured, irritated or pinched, which can cause pain in the back of the head or sensation of oppression in the upper part of the head.

Other characteristics that can help to recognize occipital neuralgia can be pain similar to an electric shock and pain that increases with movement.

What to do: applying hot compresses and massages and physiotherapy can alleviate the symptoms. If the pain persists, you should consult a neurologist, who may prescribe anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications. Asimismo, also can prescribe antiepileptic drugs with preventive purposes.

Learn more about neuralgia.

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