More than 30 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches, making it one of the most common ailments known to man. They can include tension headaches and migraines, which are the most common types according to an expert in the field. Dr. Alan Deckard, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine, says migraine headaches are more severe.
They tend to begin gradually and often are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be triggered by certain foods and alcohol. He offers some treatments for headaches.
Dr. Deckard says for migraines most physicians recommend medications called triptans. Anyone who has a sudden serious headache that is accompanied by vomiting or vision problems should see their primary care physician or go to the hospital emergency room immediately. A sudden headache can signal a stroke.