What kind of headache is this?

Headache is a common experience. Some can be incredibly painful and others just semi-noticeable. 

When in doubt, be sure to track your headache, the food you ate prior to experiencing a headache, how long it lasts, what symptoms are present, and what you have done to try and treat it yourself. 

If it is extremely painful, be sure to reach out to a healthcare professional for assistance. 

Here are some common types of headache.

Migraine. A migraine is often a throbbing on one side of the head. Along with it comes sensitivity to light and the sun, sometimes sound and smell, and often nausea is present. Some people experience an aura, visual or sensory disturbances as well. 

Tension headache. These headaches are very common and feel like a dull, constant pain on both sides of the head. There are many triggers for this type of headache including stress and dehydration. 

Posture and tight shoulders can also trigger this type of headache. Many times stretching, drinking water, and resting your eyes can lessen the experience. Lifestyle changes such as sitting too close to a screen, wearing blue light blocking lenses, and getting regular exercise can impact their occurrence.

Cluster headaches. This type of headache feels like a burning or piercing behind, or around, one eye. It can come with sensitivity to light and sound as well as other eye issues. These can last between 15 minutes to three hours and often occur at the same time of day and sometimes a few hours after falling asleep.

Sinus headache. These are caused by swelling of the sinuses which could be a result from an infection or allergies. This type of headache feels like a dull, throbbing ache around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead. The pain can also travel to the jaw and teeth. 

Caffeine-related headache. Having a lot of caffeine, around 4 cups of coffee or more than 400 milligrams of caffeine, can influence a headache experience. If you have a habit of ingesting a good amount of caffeine, and they do not have the same amount, you may also experience a withdrawal headache that could include tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and nausea. 

Menstrual headache. Hormone levels can be directly related to experiencing a headache. In women, migraine is frequently connected with estrogen levels. Additionally, menstrual headaches can be impacted by oral contraceptives, menopause, and pregnancy. It is invaluable to track headaches to determine if hormone levels could be bringing on headaches. 


Gill, S., Falck, S. (2020, January 30). Medical News Today. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320767

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