Headaches 101
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Headaches 101

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about different types of headaches and how to treat them.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the most common type of headache?

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The correct answer is: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are often caused by stress and emotional strain. Most adults have tension headaches from time to time.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How many people get ice cream headaches?

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The correct answer is: Cold-stimulus headache, or an ice-cream headache, occurs when a person consumes a cold food or beverage quickly. This type of pain is very common, occurring in 30 to 40 percent of people.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these dietary factors might cause a headache?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Salty foods or those that contain MSG can trigger headaches. Some people are also sensitive to caffeine. Dehydration can also trigger headaches.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which one of these is NOT true of cluster headaches?

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The correct answer is: The cause of cluster headaches is unknown, but they do occur in groups, appear suddenly and cause severe pain, along with watery eye and congestion, on the affected side of the head.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Secondary headaches occur after a trigger or stimulus initiates them.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Secondary headaches occur as a symptom of some underlying illness like a cold, infection, stroke, tooth or jaw pain, eyestrain or head injury.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should see your doctor if your headache lasts more than 48 hours.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You should also see your doctor if you have more than 2 or 3 headaches per month.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these dietary changes can help combat headaches?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To get more magnesium and riboflavin in your diet, choose green vegetables, nuts, eggs and whole grains. Low- or no-fat dairy will help with these nutrients and so will Vitamin D if you are not getting enough sunshine.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Acupressure is not at all effective in treating headaches.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Acupressure may be soothing during a headache episode. An acupoint called the Valley of Harmony is located in the web between the thumb and index finger. Massaging this area is recommended for the relief of headache.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these substances can cause headaches in sensitive people?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Food additives can instigate headaches or allergy-like reactions. Chief culprits are sulfites used as preservatives, the no-calorie sweetener aspartame and MSG.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these beverages is most likely to help a headache?

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The correct answer is: Dehydration can be a potent headache trigger. To stay hydrated and prevent headaches, drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Add more drinks when exercising. Limit caffeinated beverages to no more than 2 cups or 1 mug each day. Limit alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks per day if you're a man and 1 drink per day if you're a woman or if you're over 65.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: 20 to 30 percent of the population experience more than one tension headache per month.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Tension headaches are more common than any other type of headache. In fact, about 90% of all headaches are tension headaches.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods or scents can trigger headaches?

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The correct answer is: Eating cheese and smelling vanilla (not necessarily at the same time!) can trigger headaches. Peppermint, lavender and jalapeño peppers can be used as natural treatments for headaches.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

When should you seek medical attention if you have a headache?

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The correct answer is: Seek medical attention if your headaches are becoming more severe or frequent, if you also have nausea or vomiting or numbness of the arms or legs, or if you feel weak or dizzy.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Massaging which of these areas can help relieve a headache?

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The correct answer is: Apply pressure with your index and middle finger to the temporalis muscle. This is the tender spot on the side of your head where you can feel a muscle move when you clench your teeth.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Using pain-relief medicine more than two or three times a week can cause rebound headaches.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Overuse of pain medications can cause them to stop working to relieve your pain. Rebound headaches can occur with over-the-counter or prescription pain-relief medications.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How long should I log information about my headaches in a headache diary?

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The correct answer is: Keep a headache diary on a 30-day cycle to track your symptoms. Also record medications, possible triggers and your menstrual cycle, if you have one. This information can help you and your doctor manage and treat your headaches.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these positions can lead to a headache?

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The correct answer is: It's easy to let your head lean too far forward, especially when you're working at a computer or driving. In this position, the muscles at the base of the skull shorten -- a common cause of headaches.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Complaints of back, neck and head pain have increased over 40 percent in children.

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The correct answer is: This is true. There is evidence that the constant muscle tension associated with using computers, smartphones and video games is to blame. American teens average nearly 4 1/2 hours of screen time per day, excluding texting time and video games.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these normal activities can cause neck pain and headaches in women?

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The correct answer is: Carrying a heavy purse over one shoulder can stress the muscles that attach the shoulder blade to the neck. This causes stress in the muscles of the neck and head and can cause neck pain and headaches.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men have headaches more often during sex than women.

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The correct answer is: This is true. About 1 percent of people, mostly men, get benign sexual headaches. These are known as exertional headaches. This class of headache may also occur during a workout.

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