Migraines and Chronic Intractable Tension Headaches
Migraines are recurring attacks of moderate to severe pain; the pain is throbbing or pulsing, and is often on one side of the head. During migraines, people are very sensitive to light and sound and may also become nauseated and/or vomit. Some people are able to predict when they are about to have a migraine, because they see flashing lights, lines, spots or they temporarily lose their vision.
Many medicines can help prevent migraine attacks or help relieve symptoms of attacks when they happen. For many people, treatments to relieve stress can also help. For more on migraines, please visit the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website.
Chronic Tension Headaches
Chronic tension headaches are often associated with tight muscles in the neck, scalp and jaw, which can produce referred pain patterns typical of these headaches. Tension headaches are often related to stress, posture or mechanical faults, and may occur daily at specific predictable times or with specific activities or situations.
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