Headaches Quiz: Learn About Headache Pain

Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on October 24, 2017
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Who suffers more frequently from migraine headaches?

Migraines are more common in women; women make up about 75% of those who suffer from migraines. They are most common in women between 20 and 45 years of age, a time of life when women typically have many job and family responsibilities. Women tend to have longer and more painful migraines, making it difficult for many to fulfill their work and family responsibilities when a migraine occurs.

Men over the age of 50 Women

Which is the most common type of headaches?

The most common type of headache is tension headache, or tension-type headache (TTH). Symptoms include a feeling of pressure or tightness around the head. Women are more commonly affected than men, and this kind of headache often begins during the teen years. TTH may be caused by musculoskeletal problems or stress. Attacks of TTH typically persist for a few hours, but in some cases can last for days. A chronic form of TTH can be disabling.

Tension headaches Migraine headaches Cluster headaches B & C only

The trigeminal nerve is most closely associated with which type of headache?

Trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain) and cluster headaches are two causes of severe head pain. Cluster headaches are usually severe, with pain localized behind the eye. Alcohol may be a trigger for these headaches, and medications taken after the headache begins typically are not effective. Medications can be effective when taken as a preventive measure.

Tension or stress headaches Cluster headaches

Which is not a symptom of migraine headaches?

Fever is not a symptom of migraine.

Migraine can cause other symptoms other than head pain. Sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound, seeing flashing lights, or temporary vision loss are all possible symptoms of migraine. Any part of the head can be involved, although many people feel pain in the temples or behind an eye or ear on one side of the face. Perceptual disturbances known as auras occur in some people with migraines.

Aura Fever Sensitivity to light Nausea and vomiting

Sinus headaches are usually caused by …

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that is caused by a respiratory infection (such as cold or flu) or allergies. Inflammation within the sinuses can lead to blockage of the normal drainage pathways of the sinuses. Sinustitis and congestion of the sinuses can cause sinus headache. When drainage is blocked, the sinuses become an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, so infections are common.

Inflammation of the sinuses Drainage of the sinuses

Migraine, tension, and cluster headaches are considered to belong to which category of headaches?

The primary headache disorders include migraine, tension-type headache, and cluster headache. Headache is the main symptoms of these conditions. Secondary headaches occur in response to another underlying condition. Many medical problems can cause secondary headaches, including overuse of certain medications.

Primary Secondary Tertiary Quaternary

______________ headaches are more common in smokers.

Cluster headaches are more common in smokers than in nonsmokers. They usually start between the ages of 20 and 50 and occur more commonly in men. Commonly, those who suffer from this type of headache will have 1-3 cluster headaches a day with two cluster periods per year. The intervening months are usually symptom-free. Less commonly, a chronic form of the condition develops in which people only have brief periods of remission from symptoms. Alcohol and smoking can provoke attacks of cluster headaches.

Cluster Migraine

What is the trigeminal nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is one of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that begin at the base of the brain. It is the main nerve of the face, having 3 branches that carry sensations from the scalp, the area around the skull, as well as the face, eyes, mouth, neck, eyes, and ears.

Headache triggers – like stress, certain foods, smells, or medications – cause the nerve endings to relay messages to the thalamus, the part of the brain that transports pain signals from all over the body. The thalamus then sends signals that control awareness of pain and emotional response to pain.

The 5th of 12 cranial nerves (nerves of the head) The main nerve of the face A nerve responsible for facial or cranial sensations like pain All of the above

A migraine sufferer may also possibly suffer from __________________.

Cluster headaches are one of the least common types of headache, and their cause is poorly understood. They are more common in men, and the pain is believed to result from changes in blood vessels within the head. People with cluster headaches sometimes also suffer from migraine headaches, although this is not common.

Tension or stress headaches Cluster headaches Sinus headaches Shingles

The "worst headache of your life" may be a symptom of a life-threatening infection known as…

Should you ever feel that you are suffering the worst headache of your life, seek immediate medical attention.

The "worst headache of your life" may arise due to a medical emergency, like hemorrhage within the brain or meningitis, inflammation of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord. Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) can also develop from infection. Inflammation can damage brain tissue and requires urgent medical care.

MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) Anaphylactic shock Migraine headache Meningitis

With regard to headaches, the term "bilateral" best describes which type of pain?

Bilateral refers to being present in two sides. The term unilateral refers to one side only. Bilateral headaches affect both sides of the head.

Pain occurring with one additional symptom (such as vomiting) Pain that affects the top and the bottom of the head Pain that occurs on either side of the head Pain that affects both sides of the head

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