What is Cephalgia?

A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck.

Headaches can result from a wide range of causes both benign and more serious. Brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain as it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes. There are a number of different classification systems for headaches. The most well-recognized is that of the International Headache Society. Headache is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes, including fatigue and sleep deprivation, stress, the effects of medications and recreational drugs, viral infections and common colds, head injury, rapid ingestion of a very cold food or beverage, dental or sinus issues, and many more.

Treatment of a headache depends on the underlying cause, but commonly involves pain killers. Some form of headache is one of the most commonly experienced of all physical discomforts.

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Hi. I get a very bad pain the back of my head. Almost where it meets my neck. It is severe for about 20 minutes then goes away Its sharp pain for a...

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Pain is suggestive of neuralgia

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Based on your symptoms, they are suggestive of...

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hi. i woke up with a headache this morning but it seems to worsen when i move my head a certain way and also when it changes elevation. i can feel...

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I understand your concern

I feel that the possibilities in your case could be 1. migraine 2. Trigeminal autonomic...

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my wife has been getting sharp pains in the head for the last five days. The pain comes and goes. It seems to be topical. The pain sensation feels...

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Pains you're describing are most likely TAC's

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Good evening. My name is Dr. Saghafi and I'm a headache specialist and...

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