What is a migraine headache?
A migraine is a type of headache that most often affects women. It is caused by a severe headache that is accompanied by an intense, throbbing sensation on one side of the head. The pain can be so severe that it can make it difficult to function normally.
Types of headaches
There are many types of headaches, and each one has a different cause. Here are the most common types of headaches, and what you can do about them:
Primary headache: This is the most common type of headache, and it’s usually caused by a problem with your head or brain. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms: pain on one side of your head, pressure or pain in your temples, a pounding or racing pulse, sensitivity to light and sound, and problems with vision. Most primary headaches go away on their own within a few weeks, but some people need medication to control them.
Secondary headache: This type of headache is usually caused by an underlying condition (such as an infection) that triggers a new headache. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms: pain on one side of your head, pressure or pain in your temples, a pounding or racing pulse, sensitivity to light and sound, problems with vision, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue. Secondary headaches can be very frustrating because they tend to come back again and again. If you have secondary headaches, it’s important to see a doctor determine the cause and get treatment.