Headaches and migraines are complex, with each type having many possible causes and treatments. Headaches are defined as pain in any region of the head. They can be isolated to a particular location, occur on one or both sides of the head, or radiate across from one point to another. Symptoms vary widely depending on the type of headache but may include sharp pain, aching or throbbing.
Types of Headaches
The International Headache Society classifies headache disorders into two broad categories:
- Primary Headache Disorders are based on their symptoms. These include migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.
- Secondary Headache Disorders are those based on their causes such as headaches associated with a head injury, stroke, substance abuse and/or withdrawal from substances, infection, or other disorders.
Within these larger categories there are many different types of headaches, each with its symptoms and recommended treatment options. Headaches are considered chronic when they occur 15 or more days a month.
Headache vs. Migraine
Migraine is a type of headache which is typically of moderate to severe intensity. They in fact may be quite debilitating. While migraines are defined by the head pain, they are also distinguished by associated features such as nausea (and possibly vomiting), sensitivity to light and noise, and being aggravated by routine physical activity (such as climbing stairs or bending over). Migraines typically last from 4 hours to 3 days (shorter in children) but occasionally can go on for even longer. We call this status migrainosus. When a migraine sufferer has headaches on more day than not we call that “chronic migraine”. This is the most debilitating form of migraine headache and there are specific therapies that may be useful in these individuals.
Contact Regional Neurological Associates
At Regional Neurological Associates, we understand how stressful and detrimental headaches and migraines can be to one’s daily life. Whether you suffer from minor or severe pain, we can help treat patients to live a normal, pain-free life. Our goal is to determine what is triggering your migraine and provide long-term solutions to help prevent future cases.
Call Regional Neurological Associates at (718) 515-4347 to schedule an appointment today.