30 Most Common Headaches

  1. Tension Headache: The most prevalent type of headache, marked by a dull, squeezing sensation on both sides of the head. It’s often linked to stress, poor posture, or muscle tension.

  2. Migraine: Severe headaches often accompanied by throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last for hours to days and are sometimes preceded by warning signs like aura.

  3. Cluster Headache: Intense headaches occurring in clusters or groups, often at specific times of day or night. They involve excruciating pain around one eye, along with symptoms like eye redness, tearing, and nasal congestion.

  4. Sinus Headache: Resulting from inflammation or infection of the sinus cavities, these headaches cause deep, constant pain in the forehead, cheeks, and nose. They’re typically accompanied by nasal congestion and facial pressure.

  5. Hormone Headache (Menstrual/Menstrually Related Migraine): Triggered by hormonal fluctuations, especially during menstruation, these migraines may occur before, during, or after menstruation and can be more severe than usual migraines.

  6. Rebound Headache (Medication Overuse Headache): Caused by overuse of pain medications, particularly opioids, NSAIDs, or triptans. These headaches often worsen with medication withdrawal but improve when the medication is discontinued.

  7. Exertional Headache: Occurring during or after physical exertion like exercise or heavy lifting, these headaches are typically short-lived but can be intense and throbbing.

  8. Thunderclap Headache: Striking suddenly and severely, reaching its peak within 60 seconds. It’s often a sign of serious conditions like a ruptured blood vessel in the brain, requiring immediate medical attention.

  9. Ice Cream Headache (Cold Stimulus Headache): Known as “brain freeze,” it occurs when something cold touches the roof of the mouth, causing rapid blood vessel constriction and dilation. It’s usually short-lived but can be quite painful.

  10. Caffeine Headache: Triggered by caffeine withdrawal, characterised by throbbing pain, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These headaches typically resolve within a day or two after caffeine consumption resumes.

  11. Hypertension Headache: Associated with high blood pressure, often described as a dull pressure or tightness in the back of the head or neck. Lifestyle changes and medication management can help alleviate these headaches.

  12. Post-Traumatic Headache: Follows head injury or concussion, featuring persistent headaches varying in severity and often accompanied by symptoms like dizziness or memory problems.

  13. Allergy or Environmental Headache: Resulting from exposure to allergens or environmental triggers, with accompanying symptoms like sneezing, congestion, or itchy eyes.

  14. Ocular Headache: Caused by eye strain or underlying eye conditions, typically involving pain around the eyes or temples and sometimes accompanied by visual disturbances.

  15. Secondary Headache: Arising from underlying medical conditions like brain tumors or infections, these headaches vary widely in presentation and require thorough medical evaluation and treatment.

  16. Coital Headache: Occurring during sexual activity or orgasm, ranging from mild to severe and possibly linked to changes in blood pressure or muscle tension.

  17. Hangover Headache: Resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, featuring throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.

  18. Chronic Daily Headache: Persistent headaches occurring for 15 or more days per month for at least three months, often due to medication overuse, underlying health conditions, or lifestyle factors.

  19. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Headache: Originating from dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, involving pain around the jaw, temples, or ears, often aggravated by chewing or jaw movement.

  20. Exertional Headache (Primary Exercise Headache): Sudden, intense headaches occurring during or after strenuous physical activity, unrelated to underlying health conditions, and resolving shortly after exercise.

  21. Hunger Headache: Resulting from skipped meals or prolonged fasting, alleviated by consuming a balanced meal or snack to stabilise blood sugar levels.

  22. Hemicrania Continua: A rare type of headache featuring continuous, one-sided head pain accompanied by autonomic symptoms like tearing or nasal congestion.

  23. Cervicogenic Headache: Originating from abnormalities in the cervical spine (neck), typically presenting with one-sided head and neck pain triggered by neck movements.

  24. Nummular Headache: Localised to a small area on the scalp, feeling like pressure or burning sensations, with the cause not well understood but typically responding well to treatments like nerve blocks.

  25. Medication-Induced Headache: Caused by certain medications, particularly those used for treating headaches, which can worsen with overuse but improve with medication withdrawal.

  26. Cough Headache: Provoked by coughing or straining, often bilateral and possibly indicating underlying conditions like Chiari malformation.

  27. Benign Exertional Headache: Occurring during or after specific types of exertion like weightlifting or running, usually short-lived and resolving with rest.

  28. Trigeminal Neuralgia: Characterised by sudden, severe, electric shock-like facial pain associated with the trigeminal nerve. This usually affects the chin, top lip and forehead.

  29. Occipital Neuralgia: Featuring sharp, shooting pain in the back of the head and neck, often triggered by neck movements or pressure on the base of the skull.

  30. Migraine with Brainstem Aura (Previously Basilar Migraine): Less common than typical migraines, characterised by aura symptoms originating from the brainstem, such as vertigo or double vision.

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