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What kind of headache do you have?

Take this quiz to find out if you might be suffering from a migraine_or something else. Then review the results with your healthcare provider.

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Circle the answer that applies to you.

1. Your pain feels like this:
a. throbbing or pulsating, usually on one side of your head. It may intensify during physical exertion.
b. a band- or vice-like sensation in your head or neck. The dull, aching pain usually takes hold in your forehead, temples or the back of your neck and/or head. Both sides of your head are affected.
c. sinus-related pain and tenderness, as well as a deep, dull ache that can worsen with head movements
d. an intense burning or piercing sensation, especially on one side of your head. The pain may be localized behind one of your eyes and may radiate to your forehead, temple, nose, cheek or upper gum.

2. Your headaches are accompanied by these symptoms:
a. appetite loss, nausea or vomiting, and/or sensitivity
to light, sound, odors or touch
b. none
c. nasal discharge, ear fullness and facial swelling, plus a fever
d. the eyelid on the affected side may become swollen or droop, the nostril may become congested and/or you may experience facial flushing and excessive sweating

3. The pain lasts this long:
a. anywhere from 4 to 72 hours'sometimes even longer
b. from 30 minutes to 7 days
c. constant'until treated
d. 30 to 45 minutes, but the headaches may occur frequently for several weeks or months.

4. The trigger may be:
a. certain foods, hormonal changes, weather and/or stress
b. stress, anxiety, fatigue or anger
c. a sinus infection, allergic reaction or tumor
d. seasonal (your headaches are most likely to occur in the spring or fall)


If your answers are mostly'

a: You may have migraine headaches. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from these headaches, which strike three times more women than men. The pain may interfere with daily activities. If you experience headaches on 15 or more days a month for at least three months, you may have Chronic Migraine.

b: You may have tension headaches. Tension headaches, which cause mild to moderate band-like pain, are the most common. They may come and go over a prolonged period, but they don't usually interfere with your daily life.

c: You may have sinus headaches. These are often caused by a sinus infection. You'll probably have a fever, and X-rays or a CT scan will reveal a sinus blockage (one or both nostrils are usually blocked). Be sure to see your doctor because many people who think they're suffering from sinus headaches actually have migraines, says Roger K. Cady, MD, founder and medical director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, MO.

d: You may have cluster headaches. One of the least common types of headaches, these are almost always one-sided.
Anxiety Cluster Headaches Anxiety Dry Heaves Emesis Fever Headache Nausea Pain Pain, Head Poor Appetite Puking Sensitivity to Light Stress Throwing Up Vomiting Migraine Fatigue Nasal Discharge Facial Swelling Swelling Sinus Infection

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