A headache behind the eyes is also known as glaucoma and the symptoms are very much similar to a stroke. Migraines can cause intense pain behind the eye and possibly spread to the cheekbones and even the back of the head. Migraines are the most common condition associated with a headache behind the eyes.

The most common symptoms associated with a headache behind the eyes are Aura: specific visual signs such as a flashing light or halo that appear prior to the pain starts or during a migraine attack.

Pain behind the eye or a headache behind the eyes is often difficult to diagnose, but when a doctor is made aware of the symptoms a correct diagnosis can be made. If you are experiencing pain behind your eyes and are wondering if it may be associated with a headache, then your next step is to see a doctor.

Headaches and migraines both are extremely painful and will interfere with your life

They can sometimes even be debilitating and require surgery to relieve the discomfort and keep them from coming back. The following symptoms are common to both a headache behind the eyes and a migraine. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you should seek medical attention.

Headache Behind Eyes

One of the many headaches and migraines that can affect people is called brain aneurysm symptoms. This can be caused by a brain tumour or a subarachnoid haemorrhage (the clumps of cerebral tissue that bulge out of the brain). Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and severe pain behind the eyes, which can also be very debilitating.

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Other headaches and migraine symptoms include numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, weakness in the legs, numbness in the face, changes in vision, dizziness, and feelings of detachment.

Brain aneurysm symptoms may also include

  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Decreased vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light and noise
  • Decreased sense of walking

Because these symptoms often occur during light or activity deprivation, it’s important that if you experience them, that you get to the hospital as quickly as possible to avoid further injury to your body. If you have an aneurysm or a brain tumour, you should immediately inform your doctor of the situation so that they can begin treating it.

One of the most common headaches and migraines that affect people is one called the middle corneal migraine

Middle corneal migraine can also be known as a migraine attack or, more commonly, as an ocular migraine. It affects the lining that surrounds the eye; it can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on its severity. In the middle section of the brain stem, called the paraganglia section, there is a thick protective membrane that protects the brain and spinal cord from damage.

When a person has a headache behind eyes, the muscles in and around the forehead, eyes, and face tighten and/or tense. This puts increased pressure on the head causing it to press against the eyelids and the sides of the throat, causing pain. Sometimes the pain radiates to the shoulders, back, and neck.

Some sufferers are less aware of this tension in their muscles than others

It is very common for a patient to notice that their neck and shoulder muscles become stiff and sore when they feel this attack. This can lead to neck fatigue, where the muscles are overworked, resulting in a pain attack behind the eyes.

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A person who has a headache behind the eyes will sometimes notice that the attack can be triggered by specific triggers. In fact, many patients find that their attacks are stimulated by feeling the eyes rubbing against objects such as a button, the base of a pen, or the edge of a desk.

When the trigger points are located in the forehead, the eyes can be easily “loaded” with tension and irritation. Patients may also notice an attack occurring after they look away from a light or glare. Sometimes it is easier to recognize the trigger points after the fact because you can pinpoint exactly where the muscle contract in preparation for an eye movement.

There are other types of headaches that can occur around the head, including those that involve both the eyes and the neck and shoulders. These types of headaches are referred to as cervical headaches. Often you will feel the tension in the neck and shoulders that accompanies these headaches. Cervical headaches can also be accompanied by severe facial pain or stiffness, along with loss of vision.

It is important to note that headaches that originate in the head and cause inflammation and tenderness can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a brain stem tumour. However, headaches that only occur on one side of the head and/or with facial symptoms and loss of vision are often benign and do not necessarily indicate a more serious problem.

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