Types of Headaches – Determine What is Causing Your Migraine

There are more than 150 different types of headaches. Every one of us can experience a headache on a given day or moment. To be fair, headaches have become some sort of a trend. Everyone is having one now. And everything moves around them.

Any health magazine you open, there is an article about headaches. Whether it is about the types of headaches, or about possible cures and home remedies for headaches [1]https://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/100/migraine-and-cluster-headaches/.

Jokes aside, nobody wants to feel the pain of a tension headache, a migraine headache, cluster headache, or sinus caused headache. These are some of the most common types.

The trick is to understand which type of a headache you are having. Understanding the symptoms of the different headaches and the areas of the head they occur, will make it easier for you to treat the problem.

Every time you get a headache, you might be experiencing a different type of a headache. If you are waking up with a headache most mornings, you should definitely check with a physician.

Your headache might be a symptom of a more underlying health problem. With that in mind, let’s take a look how headache vary from one location to another.

Pain in the half of your head

The easiest way to determine whether your headache is a migraine or not, is to determine whether it appears only in one half of your head. When you suffer from constant headache attacks targeting only one half of your head, this is a sign of a migraine [2]https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/.

You can easily recognize migraine, as the pain is described as pounding and throbbing. A migraine can last anywhere between 4 hours and 72 hours.

It happens one to four times per month, and along with the pain, you will experience symptoms like sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, upset stomach, and belly pain.

Children are also prone to migraine headaches [3]https://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/all-disorders/migraine-information-page. They experience symptoms like pale look, dizzy feeling, and blurry vision.

The pain in adults starts slowly with moderate strength, and then it gradually moves to severe pain that one cannot tolerate.

Feeling someone is squeezing your head

When you experience symptoms like someone is trying to squeeze your head, you are suffering from the most common type of headache [4]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3444224/. Tension-type headaches cause mild to moderate pain. They come and go, and usually carry no other symptoms.

Tension headaches occur as a result of stress. A good night sleep, or a nap in the afternoon will help you get rid of a tension headache. However, what you need to do is try to prevent these from happening.

The best way to prevent a tension-type headache is to find a techniquethat will help you relieve and reduce stress in your life [5]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447303/. Consuming more magnesium-rich foods that help you relax the muscles can also help prevent tension headaches.

Pain in one side, followed by swelling on the eyelids

The term for this type of a headache is seasonal headache [6]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300361. Now, it is worth noting that the International Headache Society does not recognize the term seasonal headaches.

However, that doesn’t mean that they do not happen. People use this term to describe migraine attacks that occur more often in one season.

Seasonal headaches can be a spring cluster headache, a summer migraine, or an allergy headache in the fall. No matter which one it is, it is a headache that happens at certain times of the year.

And the pain can make you dread changing seasons. The most consistent seasonal headache is the cluster headache [7]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173234/.

A headache is strong and last in cycles. You can feel the pain from 2 weeks up to one month. And it comes and goes in a certain period of the year.

The duration of the pain changes from one day to another. One thing that is constant is the time of the day or night when a headache occurs.

Forehead pain

This is one of the more common types of headaches. The reason for pain in the forehead is inflamed sinuses, and the pain can be felt from the cheekbones to the forehead [8]https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/understanding-migraine/sinus-headaches/.

Your sinuses are air-filled spaces located inside the forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of the nose. When they get inflamed, which happens due to allergic reaction or infection, they swell, produce more mucus, and the channels that drain them get blocked. This build-up of pressure can cause pain that feels like a headache.

The most consistent symptom is pain in the cheekbones and forehead. The pain will get stronger when you move your head suddenly. In the same time, you might experience symptoms like runny nose, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and swelling in the face.

The good news is that you can easily get rid of sinus headaches. The best remedies include a steamy shower or an inhalation with some essential oils. Both methods will improve your condition right away.

Pain in the back of the head

The medical term for this type of a headache is “occipital neuralgia”. It is a distinct type of a headache characterized by piercing and throbbing pain in the upper neck and back of the head [9]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4810328/. Usually, it happens on one side of the head.

The simple term is a headache caused by sitting for too long. If you are having problems with your spine or neck, usually due to a sitting job, you might experience headache and pain in the back of your head.

If you catch yourself not getting up for a longer period of time, we suggest you get up. You should stretch a bit, and do some simple movements with your head. Just some simple movements and stretches with your head will make you feel better.

Other symptoms of occipital neuralgia include aching, burning, and throbbing pain. Simply put, you might feel like you are getting electric shocks in the back of the head and neck.

With that in mind, these are the most common types of headaches you can experience. Some experts believe that keeping a diary will help you determine what is the root of the problem.

In the diary, you should include when the headaches appear, long often they appear, at what time, the point of your pain, how strong is the pain, and how long the pain lasts.


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