The 4 common type of headaches

Headaches and types


Headaches, in most people, an everyday complaint. Mostly, people can’t tell if they are suffering a migraine or headache and its different types. Fortunately, this article helps you to know the type of headache you may be suffering.

What is a headache?

A headache is an unpleasant pain in your head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe, and they usually occur on both sides of your head. Some specific areas where a headache can occur include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. Sometimes, headaches can last 30 minutes to a week.



According to Mayo Clinic, the most common headache type is a tension headache. Triggers for this type include stress, muscle strain, and anxiety.

Besides tension headache, there are other forms of headaches:

First and foremost, Cluster headache

It is a severe and very painful that occur on one side of the head and comes in clusters. Consequently you experience cycles of pain, followed by headache-free periods.



Secondly, Sinus headaches

Sinus headaches often confused with migraines, as it co-occur with sinus infection (sinusitis). Symptoms like fever, stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure are present.

Chiari headache

Further, a Chiari headaches; it is caused by a birth defect known as a Chiari malformation, which causes the skull to push against parts of the brain, often causing pain in the back of the head.

Thunderclap headache

Finally, “thunderclap” headache is a very severe headache that develops in 60 seconds or less. It sometimes could be a symptom of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention.  Call 911 immediately if you experience headaches of this kind.

There are treatments for all these forms of headaches, noting the differences in types visit your physician and report the exact signs and symptoms you are suffering. Remember giving an accurate description of what’s ailing you lead your physician to give the exact mode of treatment you need.



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