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Pain in various parts of the head, not confined to the area of distribution of any nerve.
See also: cephalodynia.


Pain in the head; a headache.


Etymology: Gk, kephale, head, algos, pain
headache, often combined with another word to indicate a specific type of headache, such as histamine cephalalgia. Also called cephalea, cephalgia. See also histamine headache.


(HA) (hed'āk)
Pain in various parts of the head, not confined to the area of distribution of any nerve.
See also: cephalodynia
Synonym(s): cephalalgia, encephalalgia.


Headache or pain in the head.

Patient discussion about cephalalgia

Q. Are there different Kinds of Headaches? I noticed that my headaches don't always feel the same way. Are there different kinds of headaches?

A. There are a few kinds of headaches:
1. Tension headaches: caused by stress, fatigue, poor posture, eye strain, tobacco and alcohol use or before and after a period (for women).
2. Migraine headache: Migraine is the cause of 20 per cent of all headaches. This type of headache occurs when blood vessels of the head and neck constrict, resulting in a decrease in blood flow to the vessels.

Q. What are some ways to treat headaches? I have been suffering from headaches for a long time now. How can I treat them?

A. If the doctor has examined you without finding any serious cause for the headaches, these tips might help:
• Avoid excessive use of alcohol and tobacco.
• Engage in correct posture while sitting and working. The type of chair you use is important. It should be one that maximizes comfort and good posture and may need to be adjusted to suit your needs.
• Perform relaxation techniques on a consistent basis.
• Get plenty of fresh air and exercise.
• Some people find that taking the natural herbal treatment Feverfew is very effective at reducing or preventing their headaches occurring. This needs to be taken daily – even if no headache is present – to have an effect. Consult your GP before starting this.

Q. How common are headaches in fibromyalgia? Recently my friend was diagnosed as fibromyalgia. He often suffers from headaches. How common are headaches in fibromyalgia?

A. Yes, headaches are seen in person with fibromyalgia which is called as tension-type or recurrent migraine headaches. These headaches are seen in about seventy percent of fibromyalgia. For some people, aggressive treatment of the migraines also provides tremendous relief of the overall pain of fibromyalgia. A comprehensive article on the causes and treatments of headaches in people with fibromyalgia was provided in the July 2005 issue of the Fibromyalgia Network Journal.

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Vestibular migraine in multicenter neurology clinics according to the appendix criteria in the third beta edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders," Cephalalgia, vol.
Martinez-Vila, "Seasonal periodicity in SUNCT syndrome," Cephalalgia, vol.
Van Suijlekom-Smit, "Headache in children in Dutch general practice," Cephalalgia, vol.
Dodick, "Enhanced pain-induced activity of pain-processing regions in a case-control study of episodic migraine," Cephalalgia, vol.
Symptoms in the history that were significant in the support of a diagnosis of TMD included cephalalgia that increased during dental procedures or while chewing gum, jerky, bagels, etc.
The study was recently published in the online edition of the journal Cephalalgia.
The study published in Cephalalgia (May 26), uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for the first time to suggest a neurological basis for these visual remedies.
One in 100 people gets a sexual headache, known as orgasmic cephalalgia, at least once.
Headache or cephalalgia is defined as diffuse pain not confined to the area of distribution of a nerve.
Physical inactivity may increase the risk for non-migraine headaches, according to a study published in the December 2008 issue of the journal Cephalalgia.