Signs and Symptoms of Headaches

Symptoms of Headaches


Signs and Symptoms of Headaches

Depending on the type of headache a person is suffering from, symptoms of headaches usually vary. To help understand the characteristics of the condition, below are some of the symptoms of headaches, particularly those of migraine, tension-type headache, and cluster headache. Signs and symptoms of migraines, tension-type headaches, and cluster headaches vary. For you to understand what type of headache you have, it would be best if you consult the Los Angeles Pain Clinic as soon as possible.


Migraine symptoms

Migraine headaches happen among children, teens, and young adults. Basically, this condition is often categorized into phases, from prodome, aura, headache, and postdrome. People who suffer from migraine may or may not experience these phases.

  • Prodrome
    This stage is characterized by various subtle changes in the person’s body, indicating that a migraine may occur. These changes are felt a day or two before the actual condition itself. The feeling of constipation, depression, cravings for food, irritability, hyperactivity, stiffness of the neck, and uncontrollable, excessive yawning are involved in this stage.
  • Aura
    This stage commonly occurs before or during the migraine attack. Affecting the nervous system, this is characterized with visual, sensory, motor, and/or verbal disturbances. Symptoms for each disturbance usually build up within 20 minutes to about an hour. During this stage, a person experiencing migraine or is on the verge of migraine usually sees flashes of light, loss of vision, the feeling of pins and needles on the arm or leg, and difficulty speaking.
  • Migraine attack
    This stage is where the real symptoms of migraine appear. Without treatment, migraines often last from about four hours to up to 3 days. However, the frequency and duration often varies from person to person. A person is suffering from an attack when pain is felt on one side or both sides of the head, characterized as “pulsating” or “throbbing.” A person become utterly sensitive to light, sound or even smell. He or she experiences nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision.
  • Postdrome
    This happens right after the attack, characterized with a feeling of being “drained.”


Tension-type Headache Symptoms

Unlike migraine symptoms, tension-type headaches do not involve nervous system disturbances, as well as nausea or vomiting. Rather, tension headaches are characterized with head pain that is dull and aching, the feeling of tightness or pressure on the forehead or on the sides and back of the head, and the feeling of muscle tenderness on the scalp, neck, and shoulders. When this happens, a person may feel irritated and may be unable to concentrate and fall asleep.


Cluster Headache Symptoms

This type of headache can happen without warning. It is characterized with sharp, intense pain that is usually located in or around any one eye and may also affect other areas of the sufferer’s face, neck, and shoulders. The pain is usually felt on either side of the head. Also, the eye where the pain is felt is usually watery and tearful, with some redness and swelling around it. Clogged nose on the pain side may also occur.

Cluster headaches usually occur every day, and at times several times a day. One single episode may last from 15 minutes to 3 hours, with the majority of them occurring during the night, about an hour or two before bedtime. The feeling of exhaustion sets in after every attack.

Meanwhile, if you are suffering from any of these headaches and any of these symptoms and signs show, it would be best for you to visit Dr. Katayoun Omrani here in her LA Pain Clinic today. That way, you may know if these symptoms or signs can be diagnosed as merely just any other type of headache or if it indicates a serious medical condition. We serve clients in Los Angeles and Santa Monica

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