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  MedlinePlus: Headache
Tension headaches are due to tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw.
Other common types of headaches include migraines, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.
Headaches can have many causes, but serious causes of headaches are rare.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/headache.html   (531 words)

Headache is a frequent symptom of sinusitis, and often the one that brings a patient to my office for treatment.
This headache is made worse by coughing, sneezing, or straining as during a bowel movement, since these all raise the fluid pressure in the brain (also known as cerebral spinal fluid).
When headache is related to eye strain, the symptoms are often first noted late in the afternoon (rather than in the morning), after you have been using your eyes all day.
www.webmd.com /content/article/4/1680_51343.htm   (2452 words)

  Headache - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A headache (medically known as cephalalgia) is a condition of pain in the head; sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache.
Headaches have a wide variety of causes, ranging from eyestrain, sinusitis and tension to life-threatening conditions such as encephalitis, meningitis, cerebral aneurysms and brain tumors.
Not all headaches require medical attention, and respond with simple analgesia (painkillers) such as paracetamol/acetaminophen or members of the NSAID class (such as aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid or ibuprofen).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Headache   (633 words)

 THE MERCK MANUAL, Sec. 14, Ch. 168, Headache
Headache (cephalalgia) is a common symptom, often associated with disability, but rarely life threatening.
Headaches may be a primary disorder (migraine, cluster, or tension headache) or a secondary symptom of such disorders as acute systemic or intracranial infection, intracranial tumor, head injuries, severe hypertension, cerebral hypoxia, and many diseases of the eyes, nose, throat, teeth, ears, and cervical vertebrae (see Table 168-1).
Stroke, vascular abnormalities, and venous thromboses are uncommon causes of headache.
www.merck.com /pubs/mmanual/section14/chapter168/168a.htm   (574 words)

 Headache Lecture - Kathleen Digre, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Temporal arteritis (in the elderly with a new headache)
Headaches awakening the patient in the middle of the night (provided it is not a cluster headache).
Frequently a severe headache follows; it is often unilateral and contralateral to the side of the symptoms.
www-medlib.med.utah.edu /neuronet/headache/digre3.html   (3196 words)

Benign cough headaches (ie, those unassociated with any intracranial pathology) are sudden in onset, reach a peak intensity rapidly, and then either disappear or fade to a dull ache that may remain for several hours.
This headache may be caused by stretching of the cervical ligaments and tendons with development of excessive muscle contraction.
The headache may be caused by the temporary impaction of the cerebellar tonsils with traction on the pain-sensitive dura when the patient stops the maneuver and the CSF pressure gradient is reversed.
www.haroldweinbergmd.com /headache.html   (1537 words)

 Headache: Hope Through Research: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Headache specialists have suggested that unexplained pain in a particular part of the body, fever, and dizziness could also be possible types of headache-free migraine.
The tendency of cluster headaches to occur during the same time(s) from day to day, and more often at night than during the daylight hours, suggests they could be caused by irregularities in the body’s circadian rhythms, which are controlled by the brain and a family of hormones that regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
Meningitis and encephalitis headaches are caused by infections of meninges-the brain's outer covering-and in encephalitis, inflammation of the brain itself.
www.ninds.nih.gov /disorders/headache/detail_headache.htm   (6967 words)

 Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment on MedicineNet.com
Headache is defined as pain in the head that is located above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck.
Cluster headaches are a rare type primary headache, affecting 0.1% of the population.
Secondary headaches have diverse causes, ranging from serious and life threatening conditions such as brain tumors, strokes, meningitis, and subarachnoid hemorrhages to less serious but common conditions such as withdrawal from caffeine and discontinuation of analgesics.
www.medicinenet.com /headache/article.htm   (560 words)

 Doctorsforadults.com: Headache
Tension headaches are often the result of stress or bad posture, which causes tightening of the muscles in the neck and the scalp.
In elderly people, a headache with tenderness of the scalp or temple may be due to temporal ateritis, in which blood vessels in the head become inflamed.
If you have a headache that lasts more than 24 hours and is severe, or accompanied by other symptoms, such as problems with vision or vomiting, medical help should be sought immediately.
www.doctorsforadults.com /topics/dfa_head.htm   (590 words)

 Headaches - Overview, Types, Causes - neurologychannel
Headache is a term used to describe aching or pain that occurs in one or more areas of the head, face, mouth, or neck.
Headache involves the network of nerve fibers in the tissues, muscles, and blood vessels located in the head and at the base of the skull.
Severe, sudden, and debilitating secondary headache that develops after a blow to the head, that interferes with normal activity, or that accompanies other symptoms (e.g., convulsions, disorientation, dizziness, loss of consciousness, pain in the eye or ear, fever) should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.
www.neurologychannel.com /headache   (584 words)

 Headache Information Page: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Migraine headaches are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, and, at times, disturbed vision.
After migraine, the most common type of vascular headache is the toxic headache produced by fever.
This is particularly true for headaches caused by inflammation, including those related to meningitis as well as those resulting from diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears, and teeth.
www.ninds.nih.gov /disorders/headache/headache.htm   (620 words)

 Medical information about cluster headaches
It is believed by many observers that in cluster headache, involvement of the third-order neuron accounts for Horner's syndrome, which occurs as the result of distention of the wall of the internal carotid artery in the carotid canal, thus compressing the sympathetic plexus that invests the carotid wall.
Clinically, the concurrence of cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia, the cluster-tic syndrome, in which both disorders are ameliorated by microvascular decompression of the sensory root of the trigeminal nerve, also points to a centrally mediated pain mechanism.
Evidence that part of the pain of cluster headache is derived from dilatation of intracranial branches of the internal carotid artery stems from the observation of Thomas and Butler (1946) that pain may be relieved in some patients by the intrathecal injection of saline, which increases the cerebrospinal fluid pressure to 700 mm H
www.clusterheadaches.com /about.html   (7217 words)

 Headache   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Headache is one of the commonest ailments with which patients come to a doctor.
Headache may be a fore-runner of a variety of eye problems, and hence anyone suffering from a constant headache should consult an eye specialist.
Headache caused by eye-strain can be confused with muscle contraction headache as it is referred to the eye-balls.
www.lakshdeep.com /headache.htm   (461 words)

 Tension Headache   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A tension-type headache is common and typically experienced as a dull, non-throbbing pain in the back of the neck or in a “headband” distribution.
A controlled study of headache patients with muscle spasm in the neck and shoulders found that adding TENS to physical therapy (consisting of heat packs, massage, and ultrasound) brought a significantly faster and greater decline in headaches than physical therapy alone.
Hypnotherapy was found to significantly reduce headache intensity and duration in chronic tension-type headache sufferers in one controlled trial.
www.calabell.com /hn/Concern/Tension_Headache.htm   (2229 words)

 eMedicine - Pediatrics, Headache : Article by Kirsten Bechtel, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Headaches in children may be due to numerous causes, such as migraine and its variants, intracranial masses, or sinusitis.
Pathophysiology: Because the brain is insensate, headache is due to the stimulation of pain sensitive nerve fibers in large cerebral arteries and veins, the periosteum of the skull, the muscle and skin of the scalp, the sinus mucosa, the temporomandibular joint, the teeth, or the gingiva.
Acutely, the patient may complain of headache shortly after the injury, which may worsen and be accompanied by vomiting, lethargy, or seizures; these may be the earliest symptoms of an intracranial hemorrhage.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic382.htm   (5422 words)

And even when headache sufferers do complain to a doctor about their problem, they may give up before a treatment is found that can relieve their pain.
A tension headache is often likened to the sensation of a tight band or vise squeezing the head.
Migraine headaches are signaled by intense throbbing pain, which is usually one-sided, near an eye, and of moderate to severe intensity.
www.fbhc.org /Patients/Modules/headache.cfm   (1581 words)

Headache is a subjective feeling of pain caused by a variety of intracranial and extracranial factors.
Secondary headaches:  those caused by an identifiable organic pathology, one that is confined to the meninges or to the cerebral parenchyma.
Pain from headache arises from stimulation of pain-sensitive structures of the head and brain caused by traction, inflammation, vascular dilatation, muscle contraction, or dysregulation of ascending brainstem serotonergic systems.
www.ilstu.edu /~ddwilso2/nur475/Headache.htm   (1550 words)

Fairly common in kids, tension headaches (also called muscle-contraction headaches) are caused by tension in the muscles of the neck and head, which can be brought on by a variety of emotional and physical stressors.
A major distinction between tension headaches and migraines is that tension headaches typically are not accompanied by nausea or vomiting, and they're usually not made worse by physical activity - symptoms that do often occur with migraines.
Keeping track of your child's headaches and their symptoms and following the doctor's recommendations are the keys to finding relief for your child's painful headaches.
www.kidshealth.org /parent/general/aches/headache.html   (1675 words)

 Headache - Symptoms and Signs from MedicineNet
A headache is a pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck.
Secondary headaches may result from innumerable conditions, ranging from life threatening ones such as brain tumors, strokes, meningitis, and subarachnoid hemorrhages to less serious but common conditions such as withdrawal from caffeine and discontinuation of analgesics (pain killing medication).
The treatment of the headache depends on the type and severity of the headache and on other factors such as the age of the patient.
www.medicinenet.com /script/main/forum.asp?articlekey=24719   (381 words)

 Loyola Univ. Health Sys. - Nervous System Disorders - Headache   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The American Council for Headache Education reports that during the past year, nearly 90 percent of men and 95 percent of women have had at least one headache.
headache is accompanied by shortness of breath, fever, and/or unexpected symptoms that affect your eyes, ears, nose, or throat
Keep in mind that, even if you have had headaches for many years, it is still possible to develop a new and possibly more serious type of headache.
www.luhs.org /health/topics/nervous/headache.htm   (539 words)

It is not uncommon for the headache to be accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation, ptosis and miosis.
The pathogenesis of cluster headache is not completely understood and is felt to involve dysfunction of vascular or neurogenic mechanisms, specifically, hypothalamic dysfunction affecting the proximal intracranial portion of the internal carotid artery.
Headaches that are caused by underlying structural or systemic disease are referred to as secondary headaches, and common causes have been mentioned earlier.
www.columbia.edu /~am430/headache.htm   (6366 words)

There is no single cause for headaches and, while they are painful and annoying, the majority of headaches do not indicate that there is a serious problem.
Headaches involve mild to severe pain in one or more parts of the head as well as the back of the neck.
While painful and annoying, the majority of headaches do not indicate a serious disorder and, in non-chronic cases, may be relieved by medicines and/or changes in lifestyle.
www.netdoctor.co.uk /diseases/facts/headache.htm   (1351 words)

 TMJ Headache Pain Treatment Doctors Find TMJ Migraine Craniofacial Pain Cures
This headache pain treatment resource directory contains practice listings of physicians and other craniofacial treatment professionals in your community for the treatment of significant or severe craniofacial pain.
Location and contact information is provided for treatment of Headaches, migraines, TMJ syndromes neuromuscular pain and other types of cranial pain.
We also provide the facility for visitors to suggest resources including links on the internet or other types of resources that may benefit others.
www.headache--pain.com   (151 words)

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