Hello, hi. This is Dr. Ken Redcross, and welcome
to The Redcross Minute! What are we going to talk about today? How about headaches?
We all get them. I get them. Everyone does. I’m sure you do, too. Well, I’ll tell you
this: There’s three kinds of classic headaches we can talk about in this one minute. And
one tends to be a Migraine. A Migraine tends to be a headache that tends to be very severe
and sometimes comes with what’s called an Aura, meaning that you feel like something
is “coming on.” Something like your vision changes, or you start to smell something,
and it makes you feel a little nauseous, and then you feel the headache coming on. So,
if you’re getting these signs and symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor. There’s also
other headaches called Tension headaches, and we’ve all had these as well. And these
are very different, characteristic-wise. They tend to be almost in a band-like distribution,
like someone is squeezing your head. Like I said, we’ve all had those. The third headache
that’s important is called a cluster headache. And a cluster headache, interestingly enough,
tends to be seen more in males. And it tends to go along with tearing of the eye, as well.
The interesting thing about this headache is medications don’t really help, like they
can with migraines and tension headaches. The thing that treats cluster headaches: Oxygen!
So, usually you’ll see patients going to the Emergency Room to get oxygen, and they walk
out a new man or new woman. Even though, usually a man. In any case, I hope that’s been helpful.
That’s a Redcross Minute!