It can be hard for your doctor to tell
whether you have migraine headaches, tension headaches,
sinus headaches, cluster headaches, or a combination of these types. The symptoms of these headaches are
often the same, and no test can diagnose headaches.
Listing a few key features of your headaches may
help your doctor find out what type of headache you have. This can help your
doctor treat your headaches.
For example, you
may think that your headaches are sinus headaches. But if they happen often and
interfere with your daily life, they probably are migraines. A true sinus
headache is caused by a sinus infection.
Common types of headache
Where the pain
the pain is
that make it worse
Usually on one side of your head with pressure
behind one eye
Throbbing, pulsating headache that is moderate
Pain gets worse with normal physical
Feeling worse around light and
Runny or stuffy nose can occur along with other symptoms,
such as diarrhea and fatigue.
May begin at night and wake
you from sleep
Around your eyes, cheekbones, forehead, and
bridge of the nose
Deep and constant headache pain
Leaning over, sudden movement, or exercising may
make the headache worse.
gray discharge from your nose that lasts more than 7 to 10
A runny or stuffy
A feeling of fullness in the ears, or
Swelling or puffiness in the
On both sides or all over your
Deep, pressing, tightening headache that does
not throb or pulse and is mild to moderate
Physical activity does not make headache
No nausea or vomiting
worse around light or noise (but not
May last for minutes to several days
On one side of the face, head, or
neck; does not switch
Piercing pain that gets very bad very fast, usually
within 5 to 10 minutes
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.