[cephalo- + G. odynē, pain]
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(1) Headache. 
(2) An obsolete term for a headache specifically linked to rheumatism of the fibrous structure of the scalp muscle; e.g., tension headache.
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[cephalo- + G. odynē, pain]
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Patient discussion about cephalodynia

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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Methods: Only English databases (PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials [the Cochrane Library], PsycINFO, Psychology and behavioral science collection, PsyArticles, Web of Science, and Scopus) were searched from their inception to November 2016 with the keywords ('meditation' or 'mindfulness' or 'vipassana' or 'dzogchen' or 'zen' or 'integrative body-mind training' or 'IBMT' or 'mindfulness-based stress reduction' or 'MBSR' or 'mindfulness-based cognitive therapy' or 'MBCT' and 'Headache' or 'Head pain' or 'Cephalodynia' or 'Cephalalgia' or 'Hemicrania' or 'Migraine').
Key words used for the search were 'meditation' or 'mindfulness' or 'vipassana' or 'dzogchen' or 'zen' or 'integrative body-mind training' or 'IBMT' or 'mindfulness-based stress reduction' or 'MBSR' or 'mindfulness-based cognitive therapy' or 'MBCT' in combination with 'Headache' or 'Head pain' or 'Cephalodynia' or 'Cephalalgia' or 'Hemicrania' or 'Migraine.' These searches were limited to English publications.