The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

Common Types of Headaches

You might be surprised to find out that not all headaches are the same – there are actually a variety of different types of headaches, which are caused by different things and can feel slightly different as well.

Knowing which type of headache you have can make it much easier to treat. Here are the different types of headaches, as well as some of the best ways to find fast headache relief.

Types of Headaches

Whether you experience headaches frequently or you only experience them every once in a while, it’s helpful to be able to recognize the symptoms of each type of headache. These are the most common types of headaches, but keep in mind that there are many different things that can cause a headache. If you are getting headaches frequently, you should see a doctor for further assistance.

1. Tension headache:

Tension headache
The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

A tension headache is the most common type of headache, and most people experience them every so often. These headaches usually present themselves a dull but persistent pain throughout the head, usually at the front and sides. You may also experience discomfort or pain behind the eyes. The time period of a tension headache can vary widely, from less than an hour to multiple days.

There are many things that can cause a tension headache. A very common cause is -+. Taking care of your health is the best way to prevent tension headaches. They can also be ca+used by loud noises or other strong external stimuli.

2. Migraine:

The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

Migraines are a much more serious type of headache that is very common as well, although not as much as a tension headache. Migraines are usually very painful and are centered on one side of the head. Nausea is very common, as is a sensitivity to external stimuli.

Many people who experience migraines get auras along with them. Auras differ from person to person, but they typically occur at the beginning of the migraine and consist of a partial loss of vision along with seeing spots, flickers, or moving lines. Auras are often accompanied by numbness, as well as difficulty speaking in more extreme cases.

Most people who get migraines experience them multiple times throughout their life. They can be triggered by stress, hormones, and other indicators of poor health. It’s also common for migraines to be passed down through multiple generations.

3. Cluster headaches:

The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

These are strong, painful headaches characterized by a painful burning or stabbing sensation behind one eye. Cluster headaches often happen rapidly within a short period of time. They are much more common in men than women. You might also notice a watering or swollen eyelid as well as a runny nose.

4. Exertional headaches/ Giant Cell Arteritis:

Exertional headaches
The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

These are headaches caused by physical exertion and strain. They don’t typically last very long but are accompanied by a throbbing feeling. They can be caused by vigorous sexual intercourse as well as exercise sessions.

5. Sinus headaches:

Sinus headaches
The 5 Common Types of Headaches and What They Mean

When you have a cold or other respiratory illness, you may experience a swelling of the sinuses, which can lead to a headache. Although these headaches are typically only a dull pain, and you can typically feel them in your cheeks and nose as well as the head. Treating the cause of the sinus swelling usually will get rid of the headache as well.

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Dr. Brent Wells is the founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab, a massage therapy center and chiropractor Anchorage residents rely on. He has a doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association. Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab has clinics throughout Anchorage and greater Alaska.View Author posts