Tension-type headaches (TTH) are the most common form of headache. According to the World Health Organization and International Headache Society, up to 78% of the population experiences this type of headache, and 60% of TTH sufferers experience reductions in social activity and work capacity. Tension-type headaches have been called by various names over the years including Tension headache, muscle contraction headache, psychomyogenic headache, stress headache, ordinary headache, essential headache, idiopathic headache and psychogenic headache. Of those names, only "tension headaches" is still fairly frequently used. As you can see from the names tension-type headaches have been know by, it was at one time thought that the cause of TTH was primarily psychological, caused by the mind or emotions. There have now been studies that strongly suggest a physical (neurobiological) cause. Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria of Tension-Type Headaches Tension-type headaches most...
I experiences moderate headaches accompanied by many of the symptoms typical of classic migraines. Even after the headache passes, the other symptoms remain. I am sensitive to noise, become pale, nauseous, and suddenly fatigued, All I want to do is go home and lay down. After resting, not sleeping, I feel somewhat better, but not particularly hungry or wanting to do much. I usually feel better the next morning.
Is this a type of migraine? Pam.
The symptoms you describe experiencing after the headache passes could be symptoms of the fourth potential phase of a Migraine attack, the prodrome. You can read more about the phases of a Migraine attack in Anatomy of a Migraine .
We can't tell if you're having Migraines. That question can only be answered by a doctor who can review your medical history and family medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and perform a...
The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
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