Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are the term for pain that is located somewhere on the head, often in the face. The pain can be described as radiating, throbbing, or a dull ache. Headaches range in severity and can be caused by something an individual ate, dehydration, poor posture, or too much screen exposure. Headaches can be classified as primary (caused have a genetic disposition towards headaches) and secondary (caused by lifestyle factors).

Migraines are a type of primary headache. They are a common neurological disorder that approximately 12% of Americans have. Migraines can be described as intense, throbbing headache that lasts anywhere from a few hours to days. Migraines can be exasperated by activity and bright lights making them debilitating for those who suffer from them frequently.

Migraines can be hereditary and women tend to suffer more than men. They can also be caused by stress levels as well as smoking. Migraines are chronic so treatments circle around managing symptoms through medications and avoiding stimulants like light and noise.

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