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What are tension headache?

What are tension headache?

Tension headaches: Headaches which are caused by stress or discomfort on neck, scalp and headmuscles.Headaches are band-like in nature ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Definition)

An extremely painful type of headache that is commonly described as a stabbing sensation through the eye. Such headaches usually occur on one side of the head, ...Read more


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Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Definitely, no: Cluster headaches are sometimes mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia because they have similar symptoms. However, there are a number of big differences between the two conditions. TN is episodic (paroxysmal) neuropathic disorder. Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. ...Read more

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Difference between migrain, tension and cluster headaches. What is the cure., and cluster head?

Difference between migrain, tension and cluster headaches. What is the cure., and cluster head?

Very Similar: Cluster and migraine seem to have a vascular component that starts them off whereas the tension type headaches are triggered by muscle overactivity. Surprisingly, the treatments for all of these headaches are quite similar with the tension-type headache's treatment more directed at muscle tension. Prevention is generally the most successful way to deal with any headache. ...Read more

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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

Unknown: No one really knows the cause but it is much more common in men where most heaches have a female proponderance the typical patient is a tall thin man who smokes! ...Read more

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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

Exact cause unknown: In some cases, there is a strong genetic component, but this is not consistent. Histamine is thought to play a role; injection of histamine provokes attacks in 69% of patients. Stress, allergens, seasonal changes, or nitroglycerin may trigger attacks. Risk factors include: male sex, cigarette smoking, and previous head trauma. ...Read more

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Cluster headache treatments?

Cluster headache treatments?

Get the right meds!!: Pain from cluster headache is considered the worst pain that exists - for this reason they have been called "suicide" headaches. But, outstanding medications that can rapidly turn off this horrible pain exist. You must get to a headache doctor who really knows how to treat this disease - it is very different from migraines, etc. Options include oxygen, sumatriptan, verapamil, lithium, topiramate. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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How are cluster headaches and migraines different?

How are cluster headaches and migraines different?

Both are migraines: The difference is the symptoms and frequency of headaches. Migraine is typically a throbbing pain that involves the whole head. A cluster headache is a one sided stabbing headache that comes in spurts, maybe for days or weeks at a time then disappears for a while. The pain is very severe, and is accompanied by nasal congestion, tearing, and eye pain. Both can be treated using triptan therapy. ...Read more

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Could you suggest treatments for cluster headaches or tension headaches?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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TTH and Cluster : 1. The management of episodic and chronic tth consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies. 2. Management of a cluster headache can be abortive or prophylactic. Sometimes, both methods are indicated in the same patient. An effective abortive treatment uses oxygen at a flow rate of 7-10 liters per minute for 15 min. The treatment for the prevention is calan. ...Read more

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Tension headache or brain aneurysm?

Tension headache or brain aneurysm?

Tension Headache: Brain aneurysms almost never cause symptoms until they leak, or outright rupture. When this occurs, it commonly is "the worse headache" of a person's life. Chronic headaches are almost never from an aneurysm. With the advent of MRI angiography, it is much easier to screen for aneurysms. Consult with your local physician. ...Read more

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What are cluster headaches?

Cluster: Here is a good description of cluster headache: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.Htm. ...Read more

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Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip" i.e. the 50s & 60s by the advertisers of Dristan. 99% of all "sinus" headaches - aren't. They're mostly migraines. If you have radiological proof of sinusitis and your pain goes away if it's treated, then you're entitled to the diagnosis of sinus headaches. Otherwise, not. ...Read more

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Are tension headaches associated with aneurysms?

Are tension headaches associated with aneurysms?

No: Muscle tension headaches are caused by the muscles in the neck and shoulder area tightening up and spasming, putting a tension pull on the skull and scalp creating a headache. They are not caused by an aneurysm. ...Read more

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Are petechiae and tension headaches linked?

Not with tension HA: If one has low platelets causing petechiae and now also has headache- we need to make sure that this person does not have intracranial bleeding. Off course it will depend on how low is the platelet level, if your platelet is very low- 10k or below- you could have spontaneous bleeding- and it can happen anywhere including intracranial bleeding. Petechiae not related to tension headache. ...Read more

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What causes occipital headache?

What causes occipital headache?

Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Occipital headache is a term used to describe headaches which start (or are referred from) in the occiput (base of the head) area. ...Read more

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Can depression cause tension headaches?

Can depression cause tension headaches?

Can be a trigger: Depression and anxiety can lead to or be a consequence of chronic stress which can produce muscle tension and tension headaches. Sometimes people with depression will develop and complain of common somatic complaints such as headache and GI complaints along with general malaise. However, its always important to rule out medical condition which can alos produce such symptoms. ...Read more

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What are cluster headaches from?

What are cluster headaches from?

See below:: Unlike migraine and tension headache, cluster headache generally isn't associated with triggers, such as foods, hormonal changes or stress. But once a cluster period begins, consumption of any alcohol can quickly trigger a splitting headache. The exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but abnormalities in the hypothalamus likely play a role. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tension headaches?

What are symptoms of tension headaches?

Pain in your head: Specific symptoms for types of headaches are artificial and of little real importance. Most all headaches are caused by injured muscle and fascia in the head, neck, jaw, and upper back, and the resulting trigger points sending pain to your head. Learn about myofascial pain and treatment. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more