A cluster headache is the “most severe form of primary headache,” as the U.S. National Library of Medicine tells us. When you get one, you’ll know it, because of the onset of sudden—and painful—headache clusters usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks. They typically
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An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick
If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.
Whatever the mechanisms that might underpin dehydration headaches, there is scientific evidence that can help reassure you that you aren’t imagining them. What causes dehydration headaches can be as simple as not having consumed sufficient fluids.
Likewise, dehydration headaches may happen because lack of fluids causes shrinkage in brain volume. This
When you start to feel a pain at the front of your head, down behind your eyes and nose, you may be developing a sinus headache. But you’ve had migraine headaches before and they feel similar. How can you tell them apart?
Though a sinus headache and a migraine share some
Q: My sister, who is 69, has always been mentally alert. Recently, however, she suddenly began showing signs of severe memory problems, such as frequent confusion about the date and time, constant forgetfulness, and even occasional trouble recognizing friends or relatives. Could this signal the beginning of dementia?
A: Any serious changes in