Migraine, cluster, or stress headaches cause severe throbbing head pain. In severe cases, nausea, vomiting, and over-sensitivity to light and sound accompany the pain. In the case of migraines, some people suffer from “auras” (flashes of light or blind spots,) a tingling face, arms or legs, or sometimes slurred speech. If you’ve experienced headache pain for three weeks or more, contact a pain management specialist.
The causes of migraines, clusters, and stress-related headaches are often complex. Key triggers can include genetics, food sensitivities, stress, and environmental factors. Hormonal changes, sleep disorders, weather, new medications, and dietary changes, can cause headaches.