What causes headaches and what kind of headache is migraine?

Many Causes. Headaches can come from a variety of conditions. Migraines are usually associated with four stages — prodrome, aura, attack and postdrome though they don't have to have any or all of these. They classically have visual disturbances like shimmering images.

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What causes migraine type headache with neck pain and nausea?

Cervicogenic. A cergicogenic headache is caused by painful spams in the posterior neck muscles pulling on the back of the skull. Because the muscles on the skull are all attached to the same membrane, tension on one part of this membrane sets up a chain rxn that can cause other muscles to spasm, resulting in severe headache pain and neck pain, which, if severe enough, can cause nausea. Read more...
Vague. Certainly need a lot more info. Could be due to trauma/whiplash injuries, tmj/tmd, posture, heredity, etc. Duration, intensity, location. Keep a pain diary if you can and document your headaches see a doctor. Read more...
Convergence. Because the nerves in the neck connect with the nerves in the head at the base of the brain, painful information can be sent to the neck when the head hurts. This is known as pain referral. This does not mean there is a probllem in the neck. This is also why the sinuses often hurt with migraine headaches. It is not a sinus problem, just excited nerves from the headache. Read more...

Is there a type of headache/migraine that can make muscles all over tight and cause all over body pain, with twitching muscles and nerve sensations?

Migraine symptoms. No particular type of migraine does this, but some conditions commonly associated with migraine can. Fibromyalgia for instance often goes hand in hand with migraine and can cause burning pain in the body and sometimes tight muscles or twitches. Migraine auras can cause many symptoms, from vision loss to trouble speaking to arm heavy/weakness, to nerve sensations, but not normally whole body pain. Read more...

What kind of headache do I have? I've had this for 3 days. My right side hurts more and my eyes. I took migraine pills but no help. Any answers?

Could be migraine. If you tried a triptan, unlikely it will have any effect once headache present for more than 90 minutes. Cambia and ergot amines have possible efficacy late in course of headache. Do suggest seeing a neurologist and get this sorted out. If migraine, meds to prevent headaches can be quite successful. Read more...

Migraine headaches. What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

Any kind. Red wines are not an infrequent cause but it is very personal and there is no general rule about any of the numerous trigger factors in migraine. Read more...
Depends on person. While red wine is a more common migraine trigger than white (possibly due to the Amino Acid tyramine), there is significant person-to-person variability. Keeping track of your personal triggers is the best approach overall. Read more...
Red wine. People who have migraines have different triggers. One common trigger for migraine headaches is red wine; although their are many people who are predisposed to migraine headaches for whom red wine is not a trigger. Each migraine sufferer must learn their own triggers. For more information, see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ Read more...

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...

My question is what causes you to have a migraine instead of a headache?

Not known. Migraine is the most common of all headaches. There are headaches where cause of headaches can be established but percentage of such headaches is low. Migraines have strong genetic propensity but exact cause has not yet been found. Read more...

Can astigmatism cause migraine headaches?

Not Typically. Headaches can be associated with astigmatism. Migraines are not commonly associated with astigmatism. Read more...

How can I prevent migraine headaches, when I'm not sure what causes them?

Diary. Start a diary for your headache and see if you can identify a pattern or source. Read more...
Situational stress? I agree with dr. Rothwell that a diary is the first step, since so many different things can cause or worsen migraines. People susceptible to migraines can be made worse with situational and/or chronic stress. For each person, the source of this stress is unique. A counselor can help you figure it out. In my experience as a counselor, i've found that taming the "inner critic" is very useful! Read more...