Headaches refer to pain in any location of the head. They can be described as sharp, throbbing, or dull. They can be isolated, on one or both sides, or even have a vice-like sensation.
There are four types of headaches: vascular, tension, traction, and inflammatory. The most common type of vascular headache is a migraine, which is usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, and at times, disturbed vision.
The average headache can be caused by a number of things and is not a symptom of an underlying disease. These headaches can be the result of problems with the pain-sensitive structures in your head, chemical activity in your brain, or muscles in your head and neck. Lifestyle factors that can lead to a headache may include:
- Certain foods
- Changes or lack of sleep
- Poor posture
- Skipped meals