10 Types Of Headaches You Can Experience And What They Mean

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Over 10 million people a year visit a doctor or an emergency department because of headaches. With a complete history and physical examination, a doctor can correctly diagnose and treat a great majority of the different types of headaches.   Here are 10 types of headaches you can experience in your lifetime. 

1. Thunderclap Headache

brain lightning headache

A thunderclap headache is a headache that is severe and sudden-onset. It is defined as a severe headache that takes seconds to minutes to reach maximum intensity. It can be indicative of a number of medical problems, most importantly subarachnoid hemorrhage, which can be life-threatening.

2. Exercise Induced Headache


Exercise headaches occur during or after sustained, strenuous exercise. Some activities associated with exercise headaches include running, rowing, tennis, swimming, weightlifting, and sexual intercourse.

3. Headache With Blurring Vision


If your experiencing blurred vision with a headache, along with slurring speech and mental confusion, it can be a sign of a stroke.


4.  Cluster Headaches


“Cluster headache” refers to a type of headache that recurs over a period of time. People who have cluster headaches experience an episode one to three times per day during a period of time (called the cluster period), which may last from one week to three months.

5.  Chronic Migraines After Age 50



If these migraines become chronic, it could indicate atherosclerotic changes in the large arteries of the brain.  For more info on headaches as we age…click here  “Headaches in our older years”


6. Post Injury Headache


Headache immediately following a head injury usually clears after minutes or days but sometimes headaches may persist for months or rarely years. The long-term headaches are called post-traumatic or post-concussion headaches.


7. Gets Worse In 24 Hours


After 24 hours of the same headache and if the headaches is getting worse it could be a sign of a stroke and you want to go to the emergency room.


8. Tension Headache


A mild headache behind both eyes could be a tension-type headache or an ‘everyday’ headache, and it will usually respond well to over-the-counter medications.


9. Overtired Headache


An overtired headache can wake you up from sleep, if you noticed these out of the blue and it could be a sign of lack of sleep.  Try and get more sleep.  


10.  Common Migraine


Migraines are very common and the cause is usually linked to stress.


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