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    What's a headache?

    I've never had a headache, I don't know what it feels like.

    How unusual is that? Anybody else here never gets headaches?
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    I got 3 concussions in 2.5 months (the first 2 within a week of each other). I suffered post concussion syndrome for 9 months afterward where it was pretty much 9 months of a continual headache. After that, I rarely get headaches. I think it has to due mainly with pain tolerance.

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    Woah am I jealous... I get headaches very easily... as to what it is, from wiki

    "The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain as it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes.There are a number of different classification systems for headaches. The most well-recognized is that of the International Headache Society. Headache is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes." Headache - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tension_headache

    I can get headaches if I haven't slept enough and got tired during the day (like today), if I haven't exercised in a while and my muscles in the area become sort of stiff and sore and cracky, if I'm 2-3 days close to my period (99% every time), I had many headaches when I was depressed (like, every day for many weeks)... many things trigger them. I also get migraines, especially since my dad died 2 years ago, almost every month I get for 3-4 days mild to moderate, usually close to my period as well. So, it's a common occurrence for me and the difficult part is to resist the urge to take painkillers, I usually take paracetamol in simple headache and a combo pill of paracetamol + caffeine + codeine for migraines, it's the only thing that works.

    The headache pain is usually more annoying, than anything, there's pain in some area of your head, usually involves the eyes,nose and sinuses for me and it can be mild to severe. Migraines are usually unbearable but they are also a more complex type of headache that involves other nerves and causes other symptoms as well.

    Haven't you ever been sick with fever? Headaches are a very common symptom of fever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    Woah am I jealous... I get headaches very easily... as to what it is, from wiki

    "The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain as it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes.There are a number of different classification systems for headaches. The most well-recognized is that of the International Headache Society. Headache is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes." Headache - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Tension headache - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I can get headaches if I haven't slept enough and got tired during the day (like today), if I haven't exercised in a while and my muscles in the area become sort of stiff and sore and cracky, if I'm 2-3 days close to my period (99% every time), I had many headaches when I was depressed (like, every day for many weeks)... many things trigger them. I also get migraines, especially since my dad died 2 years ago, almost every month I get for 3-4 days mild to moderate, usually close to my period as well. So, it's a common occurrence for me and the difficult part is to resist the urge to take painkillers, I usually take paracetamol in simple headache and a combo pill of paracetamol + caffeine + codeine for migraines, it's the only thing that works.

    The headache pain is usually more annoying, than anything, there's pain in some area of your head, usually involves the eyes,nose and sinuses for me and it can be mild to severe. Migraines are usually unbearable but they are also a more complex type of headache that involves other nerves and causes other symptoms as well.

    Haven't you ever been sick with fever? Headaches are a very common symptom of fever.
    Thank you, I’ve been sick with fever but no headaches. Maybe it’s genetic, or MBTI-temperament related? Children don’t get headaches, and ENTPs have a child-like disposition. Just guessing. I come from a family of doctors but none of them have an explanation.

    My wife used to get migraines, very painful, and she had to be in the dark. So light-related. I often sneeze when I first step into sunlight, a known phenomenon, but I forget its name. I posted because I’m curious to know how rare this is among the general population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yentipeee View Post
    Thank you, I’ve been sick with fever but no headaches. Maybe it’s genetic, or MBTI-temperament related? Children don’t get headaches, and ENTPs have a child-like disposition. Just guessing. I come from a family of doctors but none of them have an explanation.

    My wife used to get migraines, very painful, and she had to be in the dark. So light-related. I often sneeze when I first step into sunlight, a known phenomenon, but I forget its name. I posted because I’m curious to know how rare this is among the general population.
    I don't think MBTI can have any relation to this. Children do get headaches just like adults do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    I don't think MBTI can have any relation to this. Children do get headaches just like adults do.
    I looked it up, sunlight-induced sneezing is called photoptarmosis


    I also googled about people not getting headaches, and it seems to be quite rare. Very intriguing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yentipeee View Post
    I've never had a headache, I don't know what it feels like.

    How unusual is that? Anybody else here never gets headaches?
    Well, aren't you fortunate. I rarely get headaches, but when I do, 9 times out of 10, it's a migraine....or sinus pressure. It might be genetic. Maybe your body has a good endorphin response so that your body's natural painkillers are responding to the pain quickly enough so that you don't feel it. Have you ever asked your doctor why it's so. If you've experienced fever without a headache, I would imagine that something in your body is making you unable to feel the pain of a headache, possibly.

    Do you ever feel the symptoms that people often feel when they have a headache? That is, fatigue, what they call malaise, a general feeling of sickness, lightheadedness, pressure anything like that? I have a friend who, when she had a headache, she would take a tylenol, and the pain would go away, but the fatigue wouldn't. That's how she knew that the headache was technically still there.

    Of course, I'm not a doctor, so I could be totally wrong about my suppositions. My knowledge about how the body works is limited.
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    I'm also one of those people who never gets headaches, and I can't offer any explanations on why either. Supposedly not even medical professionals know and people like this are a vast minority (about 5-10% of the population as I remember it so we are freaks of nature, but I'd have to find the source to be sure). It doesn't get studied because we don't have an issue and therefore aren't in any sort of need.

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    I have neuralgias of the trigeminal and occipital nerves. Searing hot knife pain in the side of my head, neck, and face. I also have migraines but my migraines are not painful. I just hallucinate until I can not see anything because of the growing, glowing field that obscures most of my field of vision. The migraines don't usually last more than 45 minutes but when the neuralgias hit they can be anywhere from a few hours to days and even weeks. I don't take anything for them but have to lie flat on a hardwood floor until they subside. My life would be very different if I didn't have headaches. Consider yourself envied.
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    l heard that was concerning once.

    Meanwhile, l've never had a fever.

    We're both going to die of brain aneurysms in approximately 10 minutes.

    And l regret to inform you that, your heart has been replaced with a baked potato
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