Head pain is associated with all headaches, but different types of headache have specific symptoms.

Tension Headache

Tension headache symptoms usually start slowly and build. They include:

  • Constant, steady pain and pressure
  • Dull and achy pain
  • Pain usually felt on both sides of the head, in the forehead, temples, and the back of the head
  • Pressure may feel like a tight band around the head
  • Intensity that ranges from mild to severe and can vary during the day
  • Tightness in head and neck muscles
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tension Headache: Areas of Pain

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    Migraine Headache

    Migraines occur in phases that may include the following:

  • A warning in the hours or days before the headache, in some cases, that may include:     
  • A change in mood
  • Fatigue
  • Tense muscles
  • Yawning
  • Food craving
  • An aura that lasts about 15-60 minutes and may produce the following sensations:     
  • Flashing lights or spots
  • Temporary, partial loss of vision
  • Speech difficulties
  • Weakness in an arm or leg
  • Numbness or tingling first that begins in the hands and spreads to the arms and finally to the face and mouth, including the lips and tongue
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Migraine pain that starts within an hour of the aura ending:     
  • A headache, usually on one side but may involve both sides
  • Typically, the headache feels intense, throbbing, or pulsating and is more severe with movement
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Sore or achy muscles
  • Lightheadedness
  • A post-headache period that usually lasts for 4-72 hours and often goes away with sleep. After the headache, you may experience:     
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Cluster Headache

    Cluster headache involves stabbing, penetrating, burning, or explosive head pain that:

  • Is on one side of the head
  • Often starts around the eye and spreads to the same side of the head
  • Can occur daily or almost every day for 4-8 weeks
  • Can occur 1-8 times per day
  • Often occurs at about the same time each day
  • Increases in intensity over time
  • May start within 2 hours of going to sleep
  • Can awaken you from sleep
  • May last up to 3 hours
  • May be accompanied by restlessness and agitation
  • Symptoms of a Cluster Headache

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    During the headache other symptoms may occur on the affected side, including:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Redness or watering of the eye
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Constriction of the pupil of the eye
  • Facial swelling
  • Sinus Headache

    Sinus headache symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness behind the forehead and cheeks and around the eyes
  • Pain in the back of the neck or upper teeth
  • Pain ranging from mild to severe
  • Pain that is more intense first thing in the morning
  • Pain that may worsen when you bend over
  • Headache occurring with other symptoms of sinusitis, including:     
  • Nasal stuffiness and congestion
  • Thick nasal drainage
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Stuffy ears
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Sinus Headache: Areas of Pain

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