Well, you may be surprised to know that researchers have identified at least 200 different types of headaches: Some are extremely mild and require no treatment at all while others can be life-threatening.
It turns out that your brain matter does not have pain receptors at all, so your brain itself can’t hurt, but there are lots of things around it that can! This includes your skull, your nerves, your blood vessels, your muscles, eyes, ears and sinuses to name a few.
One of the first steps, then, is to figure out which pain-sensitive tissues in and around your head are generating your current symptoms. Fortunately, people have been studying headaches long enough to group them into practical categories which can help to narrow down this enormous topic. Once you identify the category of your headache, you will be better able to make good decisions about how to actually get rid of them. Over the next few weeks, I will attempt to navigate through a few of these categories to help you understand what might be causing your headache, and what you can do about it.