Four Very Different Types of Headaches

December 1, 2015

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Have you ever dealt with a headache and wondered what was causing it?  Perhaps you thought it was sinus-related?  A migraine?  Triggered by stress?  You might have thought it could be any number of things, but there’s no way to really know.  However, there are indeed several types of headaches, and there are some things to consider when attempting to identify them.  Here are some examples:

Cluster headache
Since they are so painful, it’s easy to confuse cluster headaches and migraines.  These one-sided aches can last anywhere between 15 minutes and 3 hours.  The pain can be also be coupled with tearing and redness in the eyes.  If it goes away, it’s likely to return again and again throughout the day.  Cluster headaches can be triggered by alcohol, cigarettes, foods and high altitudes.

Migraines
Migraines are intense headaches that are generally accompanied by forceful throbbing/pulsing sensations.  The level of severity in these headaches can differ from person to person, but they’re also known for triggering additional problems.  This includes nausea, vomiting, light/sound sensitivity, and vision problems (ocular migraines).  The pain can be significant enough to incapacitate someone from doing anything during the day.

Sinus headache
It’s not uncommon for people with migraines to think they’re experiencing one, when really it’s just an intense sinus headache.  It’s also common for people to think they have a sinus headache when it’s actually a migraine.  Keep in mind that sinus headaches are associated with infections.  If you truly have a sinus headache, you’ll likely to also experience nasal congestion.  Unlike migraines, you shouldn’t experience symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light.

Tension headache
Not everyone regularly experiences migraines, but tension headaches are pretty common.  You’ll be able to identify it due to the pressure aches that usually originate at your temples or the back of your head.  These aren’t powerful enough to incapacitate you for the day, but you’re definitely aware of them while they last.

If you suffer from chronic headaches or are concerned about the severity of them, you should seek out some medical assistance.  This is especially true if pain relievers aren’t working or are causing rebound headaches.  We can help!  Call us at 855-980-7530

 

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