Know More About the Type of Headache You Are Suffering From!

A headache is usually defined as a pain in the head or upper neck and is more complicated than what we realize. There are nearly 150 different kinds of headaches, and each one has its own set of symptoms, reasons, and treatment.

There are over 150 types, and some of the few known types of headache include:

•    Tension Headaches

•    Migraine Headaches

•    Sinus Headaches

•    Cluster Headaches

•    Thunderclap Headaches

•    Ice Pick Headaches

•    Rebound Headaches

•    New Daily Persistent Headaches

•    Spinal Headaches

•    Cervicogenic Headaches

•    Chronic Daily Headaches

•    Low & High-Pressure Headaches

•    Occipital Neuralgia

•    Hemicrania Continua

Out of all those Tension headaches and Migraine headaches are most common!


Tension headaches are characterized by dull pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead or the back of the head and neck. They are usually caused due to the tightening of the muscles in the head. The cause of the tension in the head muscles is not known. But poor posture, stress, repetitive neck movements, strain, or dehydration are considered some of the reasons for these Tension headaches. Adults are more susceptible to this headache type.

Symptoms include

•    Tight feeling in the head/neck muscles

•    Dull, achy feeling on both the sides of the head

•    A headache starts slowly and gradually, often in the middle of the day

Ways to Relieve Tension Headaches

•    Drink more water as dehydration is one of the causes of a tension headache

•    A heat pack/ice pack on the head or neck may help

•    Relax in a comfortable position as the wrong posture may cause a headache


Migraine headaches are stronger than tension headaches and are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.  These headaches cause changes in vision and senses and feeling numbness or tingling or a general “fuzzy” feeling. A migraine headache can even last from 4 hours to 3 days, and sometimes longer.

Symptoms include

•    Nausea or vomiting

•    Feeling cold or sweaty

•    Feeling tired, confused, or lightheaded

•    Intense throbbing or pounding  pain on one or both sides of the head

•    Changes in eyesight, including blurred vision, flashing lights, or blind spots

•    Being bothered by light, noise, or odors

•    Changes in sense of smell, taste, touch

Some common migraine triggers include:


•    Alcohol, especially red wine

•    Caffeine-too much or too little caffeine results in withdrawal

•    Nitrates-rich foods such as hot dogs and lunch meats

•    Tyramine-rich foods such as aged cheeses, soy products, hard sausages, smoked fish, fava beans and Chianti wine

•    Foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate), a flavor enhancer commonly found in fast foods, spices, seasonings, instant soups

•    Aspartame, a sugar substitute found in many diet food products


•    Changes in weather

•    Strong odors, bright lights or loud noises

Physical or Behavioral

•    Stress, anxiety, or rest after being stressed or anxious

•    Missing meals or fasting

•    Too much or too little sleep

•    Hormone changes during menstrual periods

Ways to Relieve Migraine Headaches

•    Lie down in a dark, quiet room

•    Put a cold compress on your forehead

•    Massage your scalp and temples gently

•    Talk to your doctor about medications you can use

Call Your Doctor If:

•    A headache is caused by coughing, sneezing, or straining while on the toilet.

•     A headache get frequent or severe

•    A migraine lasts for 2 days or more

•    A migraine is different compared to the previous one that you have had

•    You have weakness/paralysis that lasts after a headache

•    You have lost weight without trying

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