Migraine headaches are severe, throbbing headaches often occurring in one particular area of the head. Nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are commonly associated with a migraine. Cluster headaches are characterized by attacks of frequent and severe pain, usually on one side of the head. These attacks are known as “cluster periods” and may last for weeks or even months.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you suffer from chronic facial pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face can create excruciating pain. Even something as simple as tooth brushing or chewing can bring symptoms to an unbearable level.
Trigeminal neuralgia may begin with mild and infrequent pain, but it can progress to severe chronic pain. Women are affected more than men, and this condition is most common in people over 50 years of age.