A headache is a painful sensation that can occur in nearly any region of the head, producing symptoms ranging from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating. It can last anywhere from a few hours to several days and may feel like a sharp, piercing sensation isolated to one area, or a dull throbbing that radiates across the head. Typically classified by the source of pain, primary headaches are the most common. These headaches can be very painful but usually are not associated with an underlying disease. Migraines, tension, and cluster headaches are types of primary headaches. Secondary headaches are connected to diseases such as sinus infections and brain tumors that may trigger pain-sensitive nerves in the head.

The UAB Neurology and Neurosurgery program provides specialized evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the body’s central nervous, peripheral nervous, and muscle systems. UAB’s internationally known neurologists and neurosurgeons address the most complex problems within their specialty, in both adults and children, with an effective combination of compassion and the most advanced technology available.

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