Do you ever see spots or flashes of light before these headaches, or have anything else strange happen? Do you feel nauseous during these headaches? Sensitive to light and sound? Dizzy? You need a combination of these symptoms to have it classified as a migraine (look at the wikipedia article for the full criteria listing). Migraines really suck, but they are generally not dangerous. If you have a family history of migraine, it's also more likely that migraines are what you have.
It helps to take some ibuprofen right when you start having pain. Once the pain gets hold, it's much harder to get rid of. If it is a migraine, retiring to a dark quiet room may help, and sleeping might be a good idea, especially if stress is a trigger. Some people get migraines from specific foods, or from being stressed out, or any number of things.
If you think you do have migraines, or these headaches are interfering with your life, ask your doctor about it (either by making a special appointment or at your next physical).
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