Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are merely a nuisance; others are debilitating.
Many headaches are the result of “triggers,” including food, noises and lights. Others are the result of behaviors, such as sleep patterns or blood sugar changes.
Almost all headaches are “primary headaches,” or tension, migraine or cluster headaches. These are not the result of a disease or illness. The headache is the primary factor.
The majority of primary headaches are the result of muscle tension in the neck. Staying in a fixed position, such as working at a desk all day, can increase muscle tension. Happily, tension headaches can be effectively treated.
- Dull, throbbing ache in one part of your head, or all over
- Debilitating pain
- Flashes of light, or aura
- Pain treatments
- Sore jaw
- Feeling like a tight band is wrapped around your head
- An ache behind your eyes
- Pounding sensation
- Pain that lasts from 30 minutes to days