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Mysterious Headache Quiz
by Staff
Headaches can be agonizing, debilitating and affect your ability to handle everyday tasks. Take this quiz and test your knowledge of common causes and cures of headache pain.

Because they share similar symptoms, migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as what type of headache?

  • myofascial pain dysfunction (MPD)
  • sinus
  • hunger
  • caffeine-withdrawal

What is the most common type of vascular headache?

  • cluster
  • migraine, without aura
  • migraine, with aura
  • exertion

What is not a migraine trigger?

  • weather fluctuations
  • tooth grinding
  • certain foods
  • irregular sleep

You may think your headache is no big deal, but if it's sudden and severe, it may be a symptom something is very wrong. Approximately what percent of headache sufferers who find themselves in the ER discover their headache is due to another condition?

  • 1 to 10 percent
  • 10 to 37 percent
  • 40 to 60 percent

What can overuse of analgesics such as ibuprofen or aspirin cause?

  • temporal arteritis
  • rebound headaches
  • tension headaches
  • cluster headaches

Dull, achy headaches that are worse in the morning, cause vomiting, worsen with exercise (or even just kneeling) and don't respond to headache medications may be a sign of what illness?

  • brain tumor
  • cushing's syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • myofascial pain dysfunction (MPD) syndrome

What type of headache typically begins suddenly and severely with steady, sharp and burning pain on one side of the head?

  • eyestrain
  • cluster
  • allergy
  • tension

What percentage of migraine suffers are women?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 90 percent

Your blood vessels rapidly constrict and then dilate, triggering trigeminal nerve pain. You have sudden pain in your forehead. It's not a migraine -- what is it?

  • sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia
  • heart attack
  • stroke

What tool do medical professionals use to evaluate kids and teens for migraines?

  • CHAT
  • PedMIDAS
  • HIT
  • KIP

What might a headache accompanied by fatigue, difficulty concentrating and a general feeling of sluggishness indicate?

  • caffeine withdrawal
  • tension headache
  • sinus infection

Which nerve is the largest sensory nerve in the head?

  • sciatic
  • trigeminal
  • vagus
  • vestibular

Orgasms have been known to cause what type of headache?

  • tension
  • cluster
  • exertion

Headaches that are accompanied by a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth are usually caused by all of the following except:

  • emotional stress
  • malocclusion (a misaligned bite)
  • jaw clenching
  • sinus infection

Besides dental decay, what can a toothache indicate?

  • sinus infection or sinusitis
  • migraine, without aura
  • allergic reaction

Headaches tend to plague dieters and anyone who misses a meal -- what's the cause?

  • physical exertion
  • hormones
  • low blood sugar
  • hypertension

A recent blow to the head leaves you with a headache combined with loss of balance, trouble concentrating and ringing in your ears. What might be your diagnosis?

  • concussion
  • hypertension
  • diabetes

When a headache is accompanied by neck stiffness, fever and an altered state of consciousness, what could that indicate?

  • toxoplasmosis
  • bacterial meningitis
  • progressive multifocal leukoencephalophathy
  • stroke

Chewing, laughing, talking, even a cold breeze, may trigger this type of head pain:

  • sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • cluster headaches
  • hypertension headaches

What diagnostic test is used to evaluate Giant Cell Arteritis, a cause of severe headaches in people over age 55?

  • Westergren method
  • Wassermann test
  • Weil-Felix procedure