Headaches affect all of us at one time or another yet few of us know very much about them. Test your knowledge about this common type of pain with our headache quiz.
Question 1 of 12
Women suffer from migraine headaches three times more often than men do.
... Migraine affects both women and men, but three times more women experience migraine than men.
Question 2 of 12
A thunderstorm or tornado can trigger a migraine in some people.
... Heat and humidity, or cold, dry weather can trigger a migraine headache. A passing storm front, or a change in barometric pressure can also cause the onset of a migraine for some. Even the change of seasons can trigger a migraine.
Question 3 of 12
Unless you experience vision or other sensory problems (aura), you probably do not have a migraine.
... People who suffer from migraine without aura (once known as common migraine) do not have the same warning signs of an impending migraine as those who first experience aura before migraine (once known as classic migraine). However, the factors that are involved in migraines such as nausea and vomiting will be the same.
Question 4 of 12
Migraine headaches affect 28 million people in the U.S.
... Migraine is a biological disease that affects 28 million Americans, or close to 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Question 5 of 12
Hot dogs, processed meats, red wine and aged cheese can cause headaches for some people.
... Certain foods are triggers for a large percentage of migraine sufferers, or "migraineurs." Processed foods (such as hot dogs) and those containing MSG are notorious triggers for some individuals. Identifying and avoiding these triggers can help migraineurs avoid future headaches.
Question 6 of 12
People who have "cluster" headaches are likely to share certain physical characteristics.
... Men are affected by cluster headaches six to one over women, and often share similar physical characteristics such as a ruddy complexion, eye color (hazel) and a tall, muscular build.
Question 7 of 12
As many as 90 percent of all headaches are tension headaches.
... Tension headaches are the most common form of headache and occur in both men and women.
Question 8 of 12
Some people have headaches at the same time every day for months.
... Cluster headaches come in "clusters" and can sometimes strike every day at the same time during a cluster period.
Question 9 of 12
You don't have headaches when you are asleep.
... People suffering from cluster headaches often experience onset while asleep.
Question 10 of 12
Job absenteeism and medical treatment for headaches cost the U.S. over $50 billion annually.
... Headache is a common cause for absenteeism from work and one of the most frequent reasons for a visit to a doctor.
Question 11 of 12
There is not much you can do for a migraine except lie down in a dark, quiet room until it passes.
... Many migraine treatments can arrest the progress of a migraine, particularly when taken at the first sign of pain. Besides taking medication to treat migraine and migraine symptoms, some migraineurs find relief through relaxation techniques, use of an ice pack or heating pad, and in some cases even exercise.
Question 12 of 12
Getting regular exercise, eating right, quitting smoking, and keeping regular sleep habits can help to prevent migraines.
... A healthy lifestyle, including sufficient sleep and regular exercise, can prevent onset of migraines.
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