Donate to Headaches Research, Patient Care and Education

It is estimated that almost 40 million people in the United States live with migraine and headache disorders. Unfortunately, headaches are an invisible disease and have the potential to cause people who live with recurrent headaches  to feel isolated and alone. When you financially support Northwestern Medicine with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help our scientists and physicians to achieve important breakthroughs that will benefit people with headaches and head injuries.

Most people experience mild headaches from time to time, but headaches also can also be severe, chronic and intense, and debilitating. There are several types of headaches:  cluster headaches, migraines, rebound headaches, sinus headaches and tension headaches. Each type of headache is accompanied by a number of symptoms.

  • Tension headaches— often characterized by a slow onset of head pain, either in both sides of the head, the back of the head or neck, or dull pain that feels like a band.
  • Migraines— characterized by the fact that symptoms other than pain may occur, such as lightheadedness or light sensitivity. They may or may not occur with an aura phase which is usually visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or wavy, zigzag vision.
  • Cluster headaches— may cause severe pain on one side of the head, usually behind one eye. Runny nose or congestion may occur, or swelling of the forehead, redness in the eye on the affected side, or a drooping eyelid.
  • Sinus headaches— occur when the sinuses are inflamed cause pain, commonly accompanied by a fever.
  • Rebound headaches— thought to be the result of the overuse of painkillers for headaches.

Scientists and specialists at Northwestern Medicine believe that headaches may be caused by myriad factors, including anxiety, stress, alcohol use, noise, eating and sleeping patterns, medication, physical activity, lack of physical activity, posture and hormones. Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to ensure that, at Northwestern Medicine, people affected by headaches will continue to benefit from the latest research and the finest, most comprehensive care. 

Headache Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of headache-related research and care at Northwestern Medicine, you will be a part of important discoveries and breakthroughs, and you will help to bring relief, comfort and improved quality of life to a great many people suffering from headaches.

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