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Types of Headaches and Some Facts about Them!


Headache is a pain in head and neck region. It may be due to some disease or a part of disorder. In medical terms, headache is called “Cephalalgia”.


It is a common symptom of many diseases. It may range in intensity from mild, moderate to severe. It can be localized to head and neck or can radiate to other parts of the body.


There are two basic types of headache. One is primary and the other is secondary. Details of both the types are listed below.

  • Primary Headache

These are the headaches in which the cause is localized to the headache. It has different types which are given below.


It is sever throbbing pain that may lasts for few hours or days. It usually occurs in half of head. There may be nausea, vomiting or blurred vision with this pain.

There are two types of migraine headache. One is classical heading. In this type, there is brief period of initial symptoms before headache. These are the same as mentioned above.

In common migraine, there are no such symptoms. Patient may feel tiredness or disturbed sleep before onset of headache.

Cluster Headache:

It is a type of headache in which severe headache occurs on one side of eye and head. It is of short duration i.e. from five minutes to few hours. There are two types of cluster pains. One is episodic. It ranges from few days to many years. Other form is cluster headache. It occurs for more than years. It is usually painless. There is only a feeling of discomfort in the eye and head.

Tension Headache:

This is the most common type of headache encountered by the population. It is due to some underlying stress. Removal of stressor relieves headaache. Caffeine intake is the simplest home remedy to help relieve this type of pain.

Rebound Headache:

It is usually associated with the use of analgesics. Abrupt withdrawal of analgesics can cause such pain. Slow withdrawal is recommended to avoid such symptoms.

  • Secondary Headache

This type of headache is due to some disease or inflammation. The causes are listed below.

  • Brain tumors
  • Head trauma
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Referred Pain

Some Facts about Headaches:

  1. Headaches are not usually harmful. They can be relieved with painkiller tablets.
  2. Fasting can be a cause of headache. Fasting for longer period of time lowers blood sugar resulting in headache.
  3. Migraine and periods: some women may experience pain before menses. This is because of hormonal impact.
  4. Life style is the cure: Eating healthy diet, regular exercising and good sleep prevents headache.
  5. Men are more prone to cluster headache.
  6. Blood vessels are the main culprit. It is a misconception that headache arises from brain rather blood vessels.
  7. Most common form of pain all over the world is headache.
  8. Even the kids suffer from headache but they can’t express.


Hopefully you enjoyed the information and facts.

Warda Imtiaz

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