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 can be chronic, recurrent, or occasional. The pain can be mild or severe enough to disrupt daily activities. Migraine headaches are severe headaches that are generally accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound. People with recurrent migraines may not be able to continue with normal daily activity during an attack. Attacks typically last several hours, and sometimes persist for several days.
What is Headaches/Migraines?
What are the signs of Headaches/Migraines?
Migraine headaches are a result of more complex dysfunction within the central nervous system and there are various factors that contribute to this dysfunction, including: A neurotransmitter imbalance - low serotonin Hormonal imbalance
The common signs and symptoms associated with headaches and migraines include:
Tight or sore muscles in neck and shoulders
"Brain fog" and inability to concentrate
Tearing of the eyes
Nausea and/or vomiting
Sensitivity to sound and/or light
Low blood glucose levels
What are the causes of Headaches/Migraines?
Migraine headaches are a result of more complex dysfunction within the central nervous system and there are various factors that contribute to this dysfunction, including: A neurotransmitter imbalance - low serotonin Hormonal imbalance.
There are many triggers for someone to experience a headache or migraine, including:
High blood pressure
Injury to head, neck or spine
Disorders of the nervous system
Lack of sleep
How do I know if I have Headaches/Migraines?
To diagnose headaches/migraines, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history and perform a physical exam. Additional tests that may assist the process include:
In some cases your doctor may also refer for imaging such as MRI or CT scan.
Female/Male comprehensive hormone profile (blood/Urine)