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splitting headache

A very intense, painful headache, i.e., one that makes one's head feel as though it is splitting apart. We were up all night drinking cheap wine, and I woke up the next morning with a splitting headache. I've had this splitting headache for nearly four hours, and nothing I do seems to help.
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splitting headache

Fig. a severe headache, as if one's head were splitting open. I'm sorry, I can't. I have a splitting headache. Maybe Fred will play bridge with you. This splitting headache has been going on for hours.
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1. n. an annoying person or thing. Cars can be such a headache.
2. n. liquor. Pour me some more of that headache, will you?

headache department

1. n. a central source of unnecessary problems; a person who habitually causes problems. Here’s another memo from the headache department.
2. and headache house n. a liquor store or department. I stopped in at the headache house for some supplies.
See also: department, headache

headache house

See also: headache, house

headache man

n. a male law enforcement agent. The headache man was here to see you, Ernie.
See also: headache, man
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Understand the basic pathophysiology of the common headache disorders
Keywords: Primary headache, Migraine, Tension-type headache, Depressive disorder.
Any history of pre-existing headache, if change in pattern and quality of headache, current headache whether present or absent, if present, how long was the duration of the headache, Frequency--continuous, daily, >15/month, thrice weekly, twice weekly, once weekly, less than weekly), location (which side and whether frontal, temporal, parietal, occipital, hemispheric frontoparietal, to start with and during progression whether it becomes bilateral, generalised during the episode or does it remain strictly unilateral), intensity [on a nominal analogue scale (NAS) from 1 to 10 with 1 for little and 10 for worst pain], quality of pain (dull, stinging, pulsating, tightening or band like, other), duration of the event (<1 hr.
In the latest beta version of international headache classification hypnic headache (HH) syndrome, 'alarm clock headache' is regarded as a rare primary headache disorder (2).
If your headache comes with a stiff neck and muscle pain, as well as fever, vomiting, rashes and light sensitivity, you may be suffering from meningitis - a viral or bacterial infection of the meninges, or membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Tension headaches are often related to high stress levels; when you are stressed, if the muscles in your neck, upper back, and shoulders tense up, a headache can result.
Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study included referred patients with complaint of headache of one month duration or more without focal neurological signs.
The presence of headache was evaluated according to the revised criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd edition (ICDH-II).
The bidirectional influences and strong interactions between headache and depression and anxiety have been well-documented, but mainly in migraine and tension-type headache studies.
Low cerebrospinal fluid pressure headache is caused by an internal spinal fluid leak.
In regard to sinus headache, the International Headache Society (IHS) classification states that chronic sinusitis is not a cause of headache and facial pain unless it relapses into an acute sinusitis (Expert Rev.
Objectives: The aims of this study were: (i) to estimate the prevalence of headache disorders in patients attending the eye OPD; (ii) to evaluate the various causes of headache with special reference to ophthalmic conditions; and (iii) to study the correlation between location of headache and possible ocular causes.
More likely, they represent migraine headache or, less likely, tension headache or cluster headache.
It's an added piece of information suggesting that we need a comprehensive approach in how we treat our headache patients," he said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.