Many everyday things can trigger (cause) a migraine headache. Depending on your sensitivity, it might be red wine, caffeine withdrawal, emotional stress, or skipped meals.
To take control of migraines, you must understand your migraine pattern. The first step is tracking your migraines by using a headache diary. Make notes of activities before -- or when -- a migraine occurred. What were you eating? What were you doing? How much sleep did you get the night before? Did anything stressful or important...
If you feel a non-throbbing pain around one red, watery eye, with nasal congestion on that side of your face, you may have a cluster headache.
If you feel a steady pain in the area behind your face that gets worse if you bend forward -- and if you have nasal congestion as well -- you may have a sinus headache.
Call Your Doctor About a Headache If:
You have a severe headache with vomiting, limb weakness, double vision, slurred speech, or difficulty in swallowing. This may signal a cerebral hemorrhage or an aneurysm. Get medical help now.
You have a new kind of headache you've never felt before. Does it happen the first thing in the morning, bring on vomiting, and then go away during the day? You may have high blood pressure or, in very rare cases, a brain tumor. See your doctor without delay.
Do you have a high fever and severe pain with nausea and a stiff neck? Does light hurt your eyes? You may have meningitis. Get medical help now.
You are drowsy with dizziness, vertigo, nausea, or vomiting after a head injury. You may have a concussion. See your doctor right away.