Five Kinds of Headaches

How many times have you experienced headaches? Is there any difference between those headaches? Kindly bear in mind, it is compulsory for you to identify the kinds of headaches that you get.

There are five kinds of headaches which might help you to identify them. A proper knowledge about types of headaches would allow you to give a better treatment to your headache.

Five kinds of headaches are as follows:

1. Tension Headaches
Most people experience this kind of headache. There are several signs which might indicate tension headaches. The signs are:

  • The sufferer feels a pressure or constant ache around his/her head.
  • The pressure or constant ache usually originates from the neck, back of the head, or the top of the head.
  • Usually tension headaches not followed by vomiting or nausea.
  • Less severe than migraines.
  • Rarely makes the sufferer stop continuing his/her activities.


  • Contraction of scalp muscles
  • Contraction of neck
  • Possibility of changes in brain chemicals

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines:

  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen

2. Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches originate from a neurological disorder which could run through genetics and are characterized by several criteria.

  • Proceeded by five episodes of headaches.
  • Occurs between 5 hours to 72 hours.
  • Has minimum 2 out of 4 of these features: moderate to severe pain, one-sided pain, throbbing pain and pain which interferes sufferer’s routine activity.
  • Has at least one associated feature: sensitivity to sound and light or vomiting and/or nausea.

It is estimated that 15 – 20% of the migraine sufferers (migraineurs) experience visual distortions, such as blind spots or wavy lines and hand numbness.

3. Cluster Headaches
Men suffer cluster headaches more than those of women. The signs of cluster headaches are as follows:

  • Severe pain.
  • Unbearable pain on one side of the head and often accompanied by runny nose or a nasal congestion and a watery eye.
  • Sufferer is unable to be comfortable.

Genetic component may becomes one of the possible causes.

Several headaches drugs may reduce the pain but unable to cure it.

4. Sinus Headaches
Sinus may cause headaches when it becomes inflamed. Usually sinus becomes inflamed through an infection. Sinus headaches usually come with a fever and can be diagnosed by CT scan or MRI.

Antibiotics, antihistamines, or decongestants may help to treat headaches due to sinus infection.

5. Rebound Headaches
Rebound headaches may be caused by overuse of drugs, such as painkillers for headaches (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen as well as prescription drugs).

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