What Does a Post-Concussion Headache Feel Like?
Although it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how it feels, many of our concussion patients that experience headaches following a traumatic brain injury describe their headaches as “feeling different”.
The feeling varies from one person to the next. However, tightness, tension, and/or pressure are common sensations used to describe how concussion-related headaches feel. Other common expressions include: “I feel like there’s a tight band around my head” or “my head feels like it’s blowing up like a balloon.
Different Kinds of Post-Concussion Related Headaches
Migraine Headaches – Parts of the brain become hypersensitive and trigger pain signals. Symptoms include: throbbing sensation, nausea, light/sound sensitivity, and moderate-severe pain.
Tension-Type Headaches – Headaches associated with muscle spasms and muscle tension. Typically feels like a tight, squeezing sensation that occurs on both sides of the head or around the entire head.
Cervicogenic Headaches – Headaches that occur when there is injury to muscles and soft tissue in the neck and back of the head. Pain often starts in the neck and travels to the top of the head. Excessive neck movements can make the pain worse.
Rebound/Medication Related Headaches – Headaches that are caused by the pain medications themselves. Rebound headaches occur when you miss doses of medications or if you drastically change nutrient and caffeine consumption.