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Introduction Migraine Headaches Migraine headaches are a type of neurovascular headaches, a category that also includes cluster headaches. Doctors believe that neurovascular headaches are caused by an interaction between blood vessel and nerve abnormalities. Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache after tension headaches. A primary headache is a headache that is not caused by another disease or condition. [For more information, see In-Depth Report #11: Headaches tension and Report #99: Headaches - cluster.] Migraine headaches are characterized by throbbing disabling pain on one side of the head, which sometimes spreads to affect the entire head. In fact, migraine comes from the Greek word hemikrania , meaning half of the head. Migraines are classified as occurring either: With aura (previously called classic migraine) or Without aura (previously called common migraine). Auras are sensory disturbances that occur before a migraine attack that can cause changes in...
These startling, sometimes frightening head pains have been described in various ways: In the beginning, when I began having migraines, I suffered a sudden slash of pain, very intense and quick on the right side of my head. It started at one point and webbed out to what it felt like a inch in length. I had never felt this type of pain and it scared me. They are intense, sharp, stabbing pain about your skull, as if you were being stabbed with an ice pick. I was just wondering if anyone gets sudden pains in their heads. It can be in the front sometimes, or sometimes it's in my temple. It really varies. I was awakened at 3 a.m. by excruciating, stabbing pains on the top right front of my head, kind of behind the eye. lasted about 30 seconds. I get those types of stabbing pains too, I have no clue as to what is causing it. I get them all over my head. They can last for a few seconds to a few minutes. I started noticing them after my migraines started to get to ...
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid situations that cause your headaches. A headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers. When you get a headache, write down the day and time the pain began. The diary should include notes about what you ate and drank in the last 24 hours, how much you slept and when, and what was going on in your life immediately before the pain started. For example, were you under any unusual stress? Also include information about how long the headache lasted, and what made it stop.
Hot or cold showers or baths may relieve a headache for some people. You may need to make lifestyle changes if you have chronic tension headaches. This may include changing your sleep habits (usually to get more sleep), increasing exercise, and stretching the neck and back mus...
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