A migraine headache
can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine attacks can occur at any time and are debilitating to your daily routine. Symptoms may be triggered by certain foods, stress, sensory stimuli (smells and loud sounds), changes in your wake/sleep cycle, physical factors, changes in environment, medications such as oral contraceptives, and hormonal changes in women.
In contrast to tension headaches
, which result from stress or poor posture, migraines are generally more severe in intensity and duration