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What Causes a Throbbing Headache and How to Deal With the Symptoms

Throbbing headaches are painful and annoying. They can interfere with life activities such as work, school, or caring for children.

This article will explain what a throbbing headache might be from and how to treat symptoms.


Several types of headaches can cause throbbing pain, such as migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. Migraines cause throbbing pain on one side of your head. Cluster headaches are intensely painful headaches that happen daily for up to several weeks at a time. If you have a tension headache, you will feel pain at the back of your head and spread forward, affecting both sides of your head.

If your headache is caused by a hangover, it will cause you to feel a throbbing feeling on both sides of your head. There are a number of ways that alcohol can contribute to headaches. It can cause dilation of the blood vessels in your head, dehydration, and inflammation. All of these factors can cause throbbing headaches.

If you are used to having caffeine on a regular basis, and you suddenly stop for some reason, then you may develop a throbbing headache as a result of caffeine withdrawal. In order to avoid the experience of caffeine withdrawal, you should slowly decrease the amount of caffeine you drink each day rather than giving it up altogether all at once.

Occipital neuralgia causes a persistent throbbing pain that starts at the base of your skull and reaches your scalp. Headaches due to occipital neuralgia can affect one or both sides of your head. It may also cause pain behind your eye on the affected side. These headaches can be confused with migraines. Occipital neuralgia pain occurs due to a pinched nerve or tightness in the muscles of your neck. This condition can be caused by an injury or a separate condition, such as arthritis in the upper part of your spine, cervical disc disease, or tumors that affect your nerves.


If you have frequent migraines, identifying and avoiding triggers can help to reduce the frequency of the attacks. During an attack, you can take pain relief medication and separate yourself from triggers such as noise and bright lights by resting in a dark, quiet room.

There are a number of home remedies you can try. These include staying hydrated, taking over-the-counter pain medications, and limiting alcohol and caffeine.

Intravenous (IV) infusion vitamin therapy can help ease your throbbing headache pain regardless of whether it is due to a specific type of headache, a hangover, or caffeine withdrawal.

For example, if your headache is caused by a hangover, there are IV bags filled with ingredients that will specifically target each of your symptoms. IVs for hangovers will include IV fluids, electrolytes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin B12, and medications such as Toradol and Zofran. The IV fluids and electrolytes will help you rehydrate after the alcohol has dehydrated you. B-complex vitamins and vitamin B12 will work together to fight fatigue, give you an energy boost, and sharpen your mind. The anti-nausea medication included in the IV treatment blocks the transmission of signals that your nervous system sends to your brain that causes nausea. Anti-inflammation and pain medication will ease your aches, fever, headache, and other pains.

IV therapy works faster than drinking water and taking oral medication because it bypasses your digestive system and goes directly into your bloodstream instead.

There can be several possible causes of a throbbing headache. Luckily, there are also a number of treatment options, including fast-acting IV vitamin therapy.

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Drip Hydration is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week. Our certified nurses are on call to come directly to your home to deliver any IV infusion of your choice. If you’re suffering from a hangover or have just done an intense workout, IV hydration is a great way to quickly recover and get back to your day-to-day.

Simply schedule an appointment, and we will come directly to you. Drip Hydration offers convenient services that will improve your health and can be worked around even the most hectic schedule.