Headache symptoms usually begin gradually. In fact, the sudden onset of severe headaches may signify a serious problem and requires immediate medical attention. Common headache is often described as achy, dull or throbbing pain. It typically begins at the base of the skull/upper part of the neck and may radiate into the eye(s), the temple, or other locations. Headaches may be one-sided or be felt on both sides of the head. Often loud noises or bright lights may make it worse. Some patients may become nauseated or experience odd smells, sounds, or sights before and during the headache attack.
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