What causes sudden severe headaches? Are they considered migraines?

Maybe. There are many, many causes of sudden severe headaches from simple dehyrdation or lack of adequate food intake to life threatening vascular events (brain bleeds). Migraines are a specific type of headaches which have a specific pattern and diagnostic criteria. If headaches persist they require speciatly consultation evaluation.

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Every time I have sinusitis, I also have this severe headache like a migraine. Is this normal?

Headaches. It is common to have severe headaches when having sinusitis. If you already have migraines, they can get exacerbated by the sinusitis, perhaps by interfering with your sleep pattern and by continuously building pressure in the congested sinuses. Some untreated sinusitis may carry serious risk. Consult with your physician to see if you need additional therapy with antibiotics. Hope you feel well. Read more...

My cousin encountered severe headache because of her migraine. What is the best home remedies for this?

Caffeine . Regular tea usually has the most caffeine although coffee and some sodas have caffeine as well. Caffeine is only one ingredient that is in excedrine which is the best over the counter headache medication. It also contains tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirine. Beware if you are taking prescription medication especially a blood thinner. Read more...

I get severe headaches at times in different parts of my head at the front or side fronts...Doctors said its not migraine. Why do I get these headaches?

Headaches . The question should be what is causing my headaches then. If you meet criteria for migraine you have migraine. Make sure you get an answer for your headaches perhaps seeing a headache specialist in your area, who can give you the correct diagnosis. Hope this helps. Read more...

My friend have this severe headache not migraine it comes up straight from the neck to the head, if she gets cold or hot or stressed it happens help!

Muscle spasms. This is most likely due to muscle spasms in the neck that travel up to the jaw muscles, especially the temporalis muscles on either side of your head that are large muscles that allow you to close your jaw. Keep your neck from extremes of cold especially. If it continues see a dentist about possible TMJ issues and maybe some physical therapy and muscle relaxant medications. Read more...
Tension in neck. It sounds like muscle tension in the neck muscles is causing pain- like a charley horse. Try stretching the muscles and massaging your neck firmly. Try to get the knots out. Take some Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen too. Read more...

How likely is this to be a stroke; 3 month HX of vertigo, right sided neck pain and severe headache. Episodes can last 7 days. Migraine or stroke?

Not. likely to be a stroke. I think you can safely find something else to worry about. Read more...
U should B Cn by- . -a neurologist, the important thing is 2 rule out it Bing a transient vascular event. An MRA of the brain will pick up a narrowing of a vessel or an aneurism . Read more...

Recently I have been getting severe headaches or migraine when starting my period. Why now all of a sudden? It's debilitating and I hate taking med.

Menstrual migraine. begin two days before the menstrual cycle and lasts through day 3 of the cycle. Compared to other migraine attacks, menstrual migraines are more severe and last longer. See your PCP for consultation, tests and menstrual migraine management. Read more...