A headache is characterized by pain in any area of the head. Pain may be on one or both sides of the head, localized, or radiate throughout. Headache pain may be a dull ache, sharp pain, or a throbbing sensation.
Tension headaches are the most common headaches experienced. They are characterized by a mild to moderate pain that feels as if there is a tight band wrapped around the head. The cause of a tension headache is unknown and treating them often calls for healthy habits and proper use of medications.
Migraines are chronic headaches characterized by significant pain that can last for hours or even days. Often, preceding a migraine, an individual will experience flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in the limbs. Accompanied with migraines, individuals may experience nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Cluster headaches are headaches that occur in clusters, or cyclical patterns. These headaches are known as one of the most painful type of headache. They are characterized by bouts of frequent attacks that can last weeks and even months, followed by a period of remission that can last for months and sometimes years. Although they are very painful, they are not life threatening. Treatments can shorten the length and severity of cluster headaches.