What are headache and migraine?
Headache can be defined as pain in the sensitive structures of the head, face, and sometimes in the upper neck. Several causes act as the precursor for the headache, including emotional stress, depression, alcoholism, skipping a good night’s sleep, not taking proper meals, a blow or trauma to the head, and even poor posture too. Migraine, on the other hand, is a complex disorder that is marked by repeated episodes of headaches. It has a strong genetic component and most commonly affects women.
Symptoms of Headache/Migraine
The most typical symptoms of migraine are:
- Throbbing and pulsating headache
- Headache intensifies with physical activity
- Nausea (in 80% of the cases)
- Vomiting (in 50% of the cases)
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Headache lasts for about 4 to 72 hours