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How do you describe a vascular headache?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See below:: Severe pain on one or both sides of the head, upset stomach, and, at times, disturbed vision. People often describe pain as pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head. People become very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseous and vomit.
Dr. Hector Dourron
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Migraine HA: Throbbing type of headache is distinguished by the fact that symptoms other than pain occur with the headache. Nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and other visual disturbances are common migraine symptoms.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Vascular headache: A vascular headache is an outdated definition to describe certain types of headache which were thought to be related to blood vessel dilation or contraction. See your PCP for evaluation, diagnosis and possible referral.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Please describe a vascular headache?

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Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Vascular headaches: Headaches occur because of the dilatation of the cerebral arteries. Precluding, dimishing or shortening the duration of this vasodilation will have a beneficial effect on the headache. Most varieties of ha are vascular in nature, including migranes. There is a phase of vasoconstriction . Here, symptoms, visual, auditory and olfactory may occur.

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