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Types of Headaches

There are many different types of headaches, including: tension headaches; migraines; cluster headaches; sinus headaches; and facial pain. In addition, some severe headaches can be a sign of a more serious, life-threatening problem such as a ruptured aneurysm.

Tension Headache — Tension headaches may be the most common form of headache. According to the American Council for Headache Education, tension headache affects 75 percent of all headache sufferers. Tension headaches are typically a steady ache affecting both sides of the head. These headaches are often caused by stress.

Migraine Headache — A migraine is a specific type of headache that responds to specific medications. Migraines are intense, throbbing headaches often felt on one side of the head. Nausea and sensitivity to light can accompany migraines. Migraines are less common than tension headaches. Still, according to the American Council for Headache Education, migraines affect from 25 to 30 million people in the United States. About 75 percent of all migraine sufferers are women (about 18% of women and 6% of men have migraine). Migraine sufferers might be able to tell when a headache is about to start. Migraine attacks may occur as often as once or twice a week.

Cluster Headaches — These headaches are relatively rare in comparison to other types of headache. Cluster headaches usually affect men more than women. The pain is severe — typically centering around an eye — but generally only lasts an hour or two.

Sinus Headache — This type of headache is relatively unusual and requires a specific course of treatment.

Facial Pain — Facial pain can be felt in the teeth and sinuses. This type of pain can be caused by specific neurological problems.
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