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The 4 Common Headaches (That Aren't Migraine)

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Everyone at somepoint has had a headache, and unfortunately, a large percentage of individuals have also had migraine. In fact, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, one billion adults and children have migraine across the globe.

But how do you tell the difference between headaches and migraine? Though it may be hard to explain verbally, many of us who get both can tell almost immediately.

Migraine is actually a neurological condition impacted by hormone cycles, atmospheric pressure changes, and your body’s generation of particular chemicals. Headaches are far different and can vary significantly by what triggers them. In all, there are over 150 different kinds of headaches.

Rather than expound on every single one, allow me to highlight the most commonly experienced headaches.

1. The tension headache.

This is, unsurprisingly in this day and age, the most common headache since it’s usually brought on by neck, jaw, and cranial tension in the muscles. They typically last a short period of time and can generally be alleviated with over-the-counter medications, a gentle self-massage or a nap, if you have the liberty.

2. The cluster headache.

These kinds of headaches involve a searing pain that is either throbbing or constant (or both, in some cases) that feels as though an ice-pick is piercing through your head. Some individuals feel forced to pace because the pain is so intense they cannot stand or sit still. These aggressive headaches are often brought on in groups that happen anywhere between one and eight times a day, for two to three months at a time. Hence, the name cluster.

3. The sinus headache.

If you’ve had a case of severe hay fever, influenza, the flu, or any other kind of sinus-related illness, you are probably all too acquainted with this one. These headaches typically cause a dull, deep-set pain sensation that can spread not only across the head, but also through the sinus cavities in your cheeks, forehead, or nose bridge.

4. The post-traumatic headache.

Post-traumatic stress headaches happen within a week after a head injury takes place. Vertigo, memory trouble, irritability, and extreme fatigue are common symptoms with this one. If you don’t feel better after a few weeks, make sure you contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Do you struggle with headaches? If so, what kinds have you experienced? Hopefully not all 150.

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Originally published: October 13, 2021
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