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Different Types of Headaches

Headaches can be a bit more complicated than what they appear to be as there are more than 150 types of headaches, it's hard to determine what kind of headache is coming on and how to handle the situation best. Different headaches come with various symptoms, as each one is unique and caused due to the other issue. While we cannot cover every type of headache, we have covered the most common types of headaches.

Tension Headaches

A tension headache brings on a dull aching that covers your entire head. While it isn't throbbing, it causes tenderness or sensitivity around your neck area, scalp, forehead, and/or shoulder muscles. Anyone can get a tension headache, as it is associated with stress, making it one of the most common types of headaches. However, there are times when a tension headache becomes chronic, and your therapy provider might advise you to take on a specific plan to control its impact. 


Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are known to cause severe burning and piercing pain impact behind one eye, or on the one side of your face. Intense cluster headaches can cause sweating, flushes, redness, swelling, nasal congestion, and eye tearing on the headache's side. They mostly occur in series and can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours.



An intense pulsing pain that comes from deep within your head, Sometimes lasting for days migraines can limit your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, creating a massive hindrance in your life. Its throbbing is usually limited to one side, but can often travel to different areas of your head. Moreover, migraines make you sensitive to sound and light. Followed by nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, some migraines can cause visual disturbance, even before the migraine pain kicks in; causing you to see:


  • Flashing lights
  • Zigzag lines
  • Shimmering lights
  • Blind spots
  • Stars


Most Common Secondary Headaches

Secondary headaches are commonly associated with an issue in your body. If the trigger persists, then your secondary headache can become chronic.


Allergy or Sinus Headaches - At times, headaches are caused due to allergic reactions, and the pain from these headaches are focused on the front side of your head or your sinus area.


Hormone Headaches - Associated with hormonal fluctuations, caused by menstruation, pregnancy, and birth control pills. Additionally, headaches associated with the menstrual cycle are called menstrual migraines and can happen before, during, or after your menses, and during ovulation. 


Caffeine Headaches - Caffeine affecting the blood flow to your brain, therefore causes a headache. Individuals who suffer from migraines are higher at risk of triggering a headache due to caffeine's overuse. On the other hand, individuals who cut back on caffeine might experience withdrawal headaches. It's essential to keep your caffeine intake steady and maintain it at a reasonable level. 


Exertion Headaches - Happen after intense physical activity such as weight lifting, sexual intercourse, and running. These are some of the many causes of exertion headache and are commonly associated with activities that increase your blood flow. Causing a throbbing pain on both sides of your head, that can be hard to handle. If you have issues dealing with exertion headaches, we suggest you see your general physician and determine if there is an underlying medical condition associated with your exertion headaches. 


Keeping in mind one in five individuals suffers from a headache every day.



Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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