Headaches 101

Throbbing, pulsing, pounding, stabbing, tightening, squeezing, jabbing, piercing, paralyzing. You may dismiss the pain as a sinus or allergy headache or panic that you have a tumor or a ruptured aneurysm. In either case, the odds are that you have tension-type headache or migraine that doesn’t follow the typical pattern, but you still have to quell the nagging doubt. Besides, whatever your self-diagnosis or fear, headaches are easier to treat the sooner you find their actual cause.

ABC News has some overview videos that can help you understand your headaches better. These links will take you to each video transcript, where there’s an option to view the video.

The National Headache Foundation is a great resource for more detailed headache information.

2/16/10: It is no longer possible to link directly to the videos. You can access the videos by following the link, then searching for the video title.