Headache is a term used to describe aching or pain that occurs in one or more areas of the head, face or neck. It involves the network of nerve fibers in the tissues, muscles, and blood vessels located in the head and at the base of the skull.
Types and symptoms of Headache
- Tension headaches are typically a steady ache rather than a throbbing one and affect both sides of the head. It is characterized by mild to moderate pain, tight-band and pressing. It usually occurs at the back of the head and neck and it is usually experienced upon awakening.
- Migraine headaches are usually felt on one side of the head by about 60% of migraine sufferers, with the pain characterized as throbbing. Nausea, with or without vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light, noise, odors and sound often accompany migraines.
- Cluster headaches are manifested by an extremely severe pain around one eye. The eye may be inflamed or watery. Sometimes, there is nasal congestion on the affected side of the face. Attacks are brief, lasting no more than an hour or two.
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