Headaches can be dull and throbbing, sharp and pinpointed, and can last for a few minutes or a few days. There are three main types of headaches: tension, migraine and cluster headaches. Each may have its own causes and different symptoms. Migraine headaches differ from tension headaches in that the pain is usually restricted to one side of the head, and may be described as throbbing, moderate to severe pain.
- result in mild-to-moderate pain and feel like a tight band of pressure around the head
- be felt equally on both sides of the head, and are normally short lived
- be uncomfortable and annoying. However, they are generally not severe enough to prevent daily activities such as walking.
- last from a few hours to a few days and attacks can be reoccurring
- be more common in women than men
- be caused by various triggers and vary from person to person.
Fortunately, identifying and managing these triggers can substantially reduce the number of migraines.