There are many different types of headache, each with their own type of pain and different suggested pain relief treatments. Usually, headaches are not serious however, sometimes they can be due to a serious condition. It's important to know your pain, know the correct treatment for it and follow the correct recommended dosage for your pain. Take a look at these common types of headaches.


  • This can occur in people who over-use and then come off their migraine medication, for example, migraine medicine containing an ingredient called ergotamine. Caffeine and nicotine have the same effect.
  • The pain may be described as throbbing –– it's caused when the blood vessels in the head dilate.
  • The best way to prevent this is to avoid excess consumption.


  • Usually mild to moderate pain (but can be severe sometimes)
  • Usually starts a few hours after waking
  • Unlikely to wake someone up during the night
  • Pain can last from 30 minutes up to a week
  • Not usually accompanied by nausea or vomiting (unlike a migraine)
  • The triggers usually are: stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, bright lights, poor posture at work

How you might describe the pain, Like a band tightening around the head


Causes: Stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, bright lights, poor posture at work.

This is the most common type of headache. Building up slowly, tension heachaches vary in intensity and the pain could be felt for many days. Some people will have little tolerance for a tension headache; while others can bear the pain with little complaint.

People suffering from tension headaches often describe the pain as a rubberband tightening around their head. It's important to note if the pain is accompanied with symptoms that can be seen with migraines such as throbbing, feeling nauseous or a feeling of being sensitive to light. A person suffering from a tension headache will most indicate that pain is located on both sides of the head.



Cluster headache is quite rare, affecting only about one in every 1000 people, it's three times more common in men than women. A typically a sufferer person may have one or two short attacks every day for 8 to 10 weeks a year, and then no attacks for about another year. Each attack can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours and the pain is has a excruciating or explosive feeling.

About half of all people affected get cluster headaches during the night. Like migraine, the pain is usually on one side of the head and usually felt behind the eye. Unlike migraine, the person wants to move around, rubbing their head, rocking or pacing; with migraine, the person wants to stay still. On the same side as the pain, the person may also have a watery eye, swelling under the eye, a drooping eyelid or a runny nose.

Do you suffer regular headaches? What are your symptoms and which treatment do you find most effective? Please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you.

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