Migraine Headaches Migraine headaches impact more than 37 million men, women and children in the US. The World Health Organization considers migraines one of the 10 most disabling illnesses. Symptoms of migraine headaches include throbbing or pulsating head pain and eye pain. This pain is usually more noticeable on one side of the head and is often worse with physical activity. Patients also report nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, sound, and touch. Migraines can trigger an increased sense of smell, difficulty concentrating, emotional distress, post headache fatigue, irritability, euphoria. There are two major types of migraine: without aura and with aura. Migraines without aura are more common with attacks that typically last 4-72 hours. Migraine headaches with auras as less common and usually includes visual disturbances and neurological symptoms in addition to severe head pain. Some patients may temporarily lose part or all of their vision. Aura symptoms can also include, vision changes (blurry vision), numbness, tingling in the hands and face, muscle weakness on one side of the body, dizziness, confusion, language problems, trouble finding words. Tension Headaches Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. It is estimated that 30-80% of adults suffer from Episodic Tension Headaches while 3%, mainly women suffer from Chronic Tension Headaches. Tension headaches are poorly understood and there is often no clear cause. Duration can be 30 minutes to a few days, with fluctuating levels of pain. Physical exertion does not appear to make symptoms worse and these headaches usually do not debilitate the sufferer. Symptoms of tension headaches are tenderness and tightness of the scalp, neck, jaw and shoulder muscles. Often there is pain affecting both sides of the head, starting in the forehead, and or dull painful clamping feelings of tightness around the head. There are reports of head fullness and a feeling of pressure. Sufferers can experience anxiety, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, feelings of tiredness, irritability, focusing issues, aches and pains. Cluster Headaches Cluster headaches are severely painful headaches usually centered around the eyes and temple area. Sufferers describe it as a piercing pain like a knife. Headaches occur in short bursts, 45-90 minutes. Symptoms reported are; runny nose, red, tearing and watery eyes, swelling of the face, swelling of the eyelid on the same side as the head pain, upper eyelid drooping, small pupils, puffy eyes, from facial to whole body flushing, sweating, agitation, restlessness. Migraine like symptoms usually are present including nausea, vomiting, nervous system dysfunction, aura symptoms including sensitivity to sound and light.