5 Types of Headaches
Headache Types Quick Overview
- While many people may think that every severe headache is a “migraine,” this label is actually reserved for headaches that meet specific criteria.
- There are many different types of common headaches.
- And, although some of the symptoms associated with each type may overlap, recognizing the distinct features of the headaches can help the patient and doctor determine the best treatment strategy.
1. Migraine Headache
Migraine headaches are commonly one-sided (unilateral). The pain is described as throbbing or pulsing, and worsens with routine physical activity, such as climbing a flight of stairs. The pain is typically moderate to severe. There is often associated nausea and/or vomiting, and there can be sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Sometimes, the headache will awaken the individual from sleep. A migraine headache may last from several hours to 3 days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/11/2016
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