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A chronic aching head can be a debilitating condition. For many people, severe migraine, sinus, cluster, and other types of headaches can leave them bed ridden for a day or more. Some common forms of headaches include the "pounding" headache, the dull pain in the neck & back of the head headache, and the acute headache.

1. Pounding - The pounding headache often occurs in the front part of the head and temple area. It occurs when the brain is agitated causing the blood vessels in the brain to initially constrict and then suddenly open wide, allowing excessive blood flow into the brain. This additional blood flow causes the throbbing often associated with this type of headache.

2. Neck & back of head pain - This headache occurs when the brain is subjected to rapid movement inside the skull. Such sudden movement may cause damage to the muscles in the neck and back of the head. As a result, these damaged muscles tend to ache, with the pain spreading up into the main part of the head. Pain caused by damaged muscles is referred to as myofacial pain disorder. Sudden movement can also cause the disks in your neck to pinch nerves, causing additional pain.

3. Acute headache - With this headache the pain is sudden and intense, yet it only lasts momentarily. Sufferers compare the pain to being stabbed in the head with an ice pick.



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