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Common types of headaches include migraine, tension, and cluster headaches. The symptoms of these headaches are often similar. Describing a few key symptoms of your headaches may help your doctor find out what type of headache you have. This can help your doctor treat your headaches.
Here are some key features of each type of headache.
Where the pain is
How bad the pain is
Usually on one side of your head with pressure behind one eye
Throbbing, pulsating headache that is moderate to severe
Pain is so bad that it makes it hard to work or go to school
On both sides or all over your head
Deep, pressing, tightening headache that does not throb or pulse and is mild to moderate
On one side of the face, head, or neck; does not switch sides
Piercing pain that gets very bad very fast, usually within 5 to 10 minutes
Current as of:
December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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