Almost everyone experiences at least one headache at some time during his or her life. According to the World Health Organization, about 50 percent of all adults have regular headaches. They can slow you down or even stop you in your tracks. The pain can be intense or a dull ache and last a few hours or up to a couple of days. Regardless of your exact symptoms, you want relief.
Primary headaches are caused by overactivity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head. A primary headache isn’t a symptom of an underlying disease. The three types are:
Some people experience sensory disturbances called aura before or along with migraines. These disturbances can include flashes of light, blind spots and other vision changes or tingling in your hand or face.
Treatments for migraine with aura and migraine without aura usually are the same. Medications can help prevent some migraines and make them less painful. Botox injections have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for chronic migraines.
A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of your head. Many conditions can cause secondary headaches, and these conditions range widely in severity. Types include:
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
The headache experts in Neurology can offer treatment options that can make a difference. Talk with your primary care provider or see a neurologist if you experience headaches that: