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I am sorry to hear of your headaches. It is possible you are having migraine headaches or tension headaches.
A tension headache — or tension-type headache as its medically known — is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren't well understood. A tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain that many people describe as feeling as if there's a tight band around their head.
It may feel as though muscle contractions are responsible for your head pain, but experts don't think that's the cause, which is why this type of headache is generally referred to as a tension-type headache.
Fortunately, effective treatments for tension headaches are available. Managing a tension headache is often a balance between fostering healthy habits, finding effective nondrug treatments and using medications appropriately.
A typical migraine attack produces some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Moderate to severe pain, which may be confined to one side of the head or may affect both sides
- Head pain with a pulsating or throbbing quality
- Pain that worsens with physical activity
- Pain that interferes with your regular activities
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
When left untreated, a migraine typically lasts from four to 72 hours, but the frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. You may have migraines several times a month or just once or twice a year.
Not all migraines are the same. Most people experience migraines without auras, which were previously called common migraines. Some, however, have migraines with auras, which were previously called classic migraines. If you're in the second group, you'll likely have an aura about 15 to 30 minutes before your headache begins. Auras may continue after your headache starts or even occur after your headache begins. When you're experiencing an aura, you may:
- See sparkling flashes of light
- Perceive dazzling zigzag lines in your field of vision
- Experience slowly spreading blind spots in your vision
- Feel tingling, pins and needles sensations in one arm or leg
- Rarely, experience weakness or language and speech problems Reference: Mayo Staff
Fist of all I feel it would be wise to see your physician for these headache to make sure you do not have a medical problem causing the headaches and to get the opinion of a professional.
Headaches can be very complicated.
Take care and again a warm welcome.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression
& Moderator GERD Forums
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