There are different types of headaches. The material included here is to explain headache types that often occur as a result of skull-based tumors. Skull based tumors often cause different forms of headaches depending on the location of the mass, and when an individual with a tumor faces situations that might trigger a headache in an individual without a tumor, the headaches are more troublesome.
Identification of the type of headache(s) an individual is experiencing is necessary to determine treatments for management. Some form of headaches includes; 1) typical or common migraines, 2) vestibular migraine, 3) ocular or retinal migraines, 4) tension headaches, 5) cluster headaches, and 6) sinus headaches.
Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound. [MedlinePlus]
Migraines are an incapacitating combination of neurological symptoms that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days and can severely interfere with a person's life. Some of the following usually characterize migraines: [WebMD]
Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with a headache. These can include:
Medication Options: There are two ways to approach the treatment of a migraine headache with drugs; 1) Relieve the Symptoms during the attacks, or 2) Prevent the Attacks. Migraines options should be discussed with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about a prescription for either Imitrex (Sumatriptan) or Erenumab.
Relieve the Symptoms: Non-prescription medicines, over the counter (OTC) medicines do not always help. Talk to your doctor about possible prescription options to take as needed. It is important to know side effects of OTC's since many can relieve some of the migraine symptoms but result in other issues.
Prevention of a Migraine: If an individual is prone to migraines, the best thing to do is determine what in their life might help increase chances of a Migraine,
Things that can trigger vestibular migraines include growth or change of tumor on brain cranial nerve 8, vestibular nerve and:
An ocular migraine (retinal migraine) is a migraine that involves vision disturbances in one or both eyes and may be the result of compression in the skull behind the eyeballs, or papilledema. A common reason for papilledema is presence of a brain tumor.
These headaches are the typically the result of a serious condition and should be discussed with a doctor either a eye specialist neurologist as soon after the incident as possible. Left untreated the pressure can result in permanent types of loss of vision.
Ocular Migraines can also include some of the same symptoms of a typical migraine, is an issue to see a doctor about since delay in management can result in permanent mlindness.
Tension headaches are your common, everyday headaches and can feel like there is a band being squeezed around your head, causing a dull ache on both sides. They're also sometimes associated with neck and shoulder stiffness. Tension headaches are either episodic in frequency, meaning they strike sporadically, or chronic, meaning they occur daily or almost daily.
Cluster headaches are commonly recognized as one of the most painful types of headaches. Cluster headaches cause intense, excruciating pain on one side of the head, often around the eye, though sometimes affecting the nose and other areas of the face, too. Tears or a runny nose can be common. Pain comes on suddenly and can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to three hours. Attacks occur daily in clusters - hence the name - of weeks or months, and then go into remission for months to years.
Sinus headaches are commonly the result of;
Sinus headaches are characterized by deep and constant pressure-like pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. This pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and clogged ears.