Types of Headaches

Comparing the Different Types of Primary Headaches

Below is a table that outlines the different types of primary headaches by characteristics, pain, severity, and other symptoms:
 
 
Migraine
Tension
Cluster
Characteristics:
Throbbing pain, often preceded by an aura; more prevalent in women
Steady ache
Severe, coming in groups over weeks or months, mainly attack men
Pain in:
One or both sides of head
Both sides of head
One side of head, often centering around one eye
Severity:
Mild, moderate, or severe
Mild or moderate
Very severe
Other symptoms:
May experience sensitivity to light, sound, and odors; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; visual disturbances; a fever, chills, aching, sweats
None
Nasal congestion, drooping eyelids, watery and teary eyes
 
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