How Many Different Types Of Headaches Can One Experience?


Submitted by: Alyssa Nair

Several people have been known to experience different types of headaches at different times in there life so it is important to get the correct diagnosis by keeping a journal of the event and time that the headaches took place. Tension headache are widely believed to come from to much anxiety and stress in your life so make sure and put in your journal any related stress or anxiety attacks and try and minimize your stress levels. Sometimes headaches are separated into vascular, muscle contraction (tension), traction, and inflammatory types of headaches.

Check out the list below of the most common types of headaches:

Headaches: The problem today is headaches have become so common to many that they are just a part of everyday life. Headaches occur very regularly, usually at the same time each day, and they often keep a person up during the night. They can sometimes affect young children and even babies, causing them to become cranky and fussy. Various headaches can be caused by having high blood pressure, which causes pressure on the blood vessels and circulatory system throughout the body.


Tension headaches: Many refer to these as the chronic daily headaches and are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. These muscle contraction headaches cause mild pain and come and go over a prolonged period of time.

Migraines: Doctors are still unsure of the causes of migraines, although they are related to blood vessel contractions and other changes in the brain as well as inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain. Migraine pain is moderate to severe and can last from 4 hours to 3 days and usually occur 1 to 4 times per month. Migraines are associated with symptoms such as light sensitivity, noise, nausea or vomiting and upset stomach or abdominal pain. They are vascular in origin, and may be preceded by visual disturbances, loss of peripheral vision, and fatigue plus they can be provoked by changes in your environment, such as menstruation, emotional stress, significant weather changes, lack of sleep, or even the opposite-too much rest (vacation migraine).

Cluster headaches: These are the least common, although the most painful type of headache. The pain of a cluster headache is intense and may be described as having a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing and constant. Many people say the pain is so severe that they cannot sit still and will often pace during an attack. Many times the pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides. Cluster headaches occur one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months and have been found to be more frequent in smokers than non-smokers.

Sinus headaches: Many sinus headaches are brought on by allergies, hay fever, cold, dry weather and anything that adversely affects the sinus cavity. Taking sinus headache medicine is the best solution since it has an ingredient to help drain the sinuses and relieve the pressure that causes the pain. Sinus headaches are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and usually occurs with other sinus symptoms, such as nasal discharge, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling.

The most common types of headaches usually are not serious but may occur again and again over a long period of time. There are several different contributing factors that lead to the development of tension headache, migraines, cluster headaches and sinus headaches and most likely you fall somewhere in between these types of headaches. For more information please visit

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