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Types of Headache

Overview

Common types of headaches include migraine and tension 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.

Key features of your headache that you can discuss with your doctor include:

  • Where or how bad the pain is.
  • What triggers the headache or makes it worse.
  • What common symptoms happen along with your headache. These may include nausea, a runny or stuffy nose, or sensitivity to light or noise.

Credits

Current as of: August 25, 2022

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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