Headache

Headache pain can make it difficult to do some of the activities you love. Sometimes, pain can come on suddenly. Other times it can build over time and linger for hours or even days.

Your healthcare provider may suggest some medicine to help with the pain. You may also ask him or her for other ways to help find relief from pain, such as:

  • Use a cold pack on your head or neck to lessen the pain.
  • Try a heating pad on your head or neck.
  • Go to a dark, quiet room. Lie down if you can.

Different types of headaches cause different types of pain. Here are three types of headache:

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Cluster headache

Cluster headache is different from other types like tension-type headache and even migraine. The pain from this rare condition is much more severe and occurs without warning. The pain stays on one side of the head, usually around the eye.

This is called cluster headache because there is a group, or cluster, of headaches that occur over a period of time.

Migraine headache

A migraine headache is more than a bad headache. It is a complex disease that may last for a long period of time. A migraine headache may cause intense throbbing that usually starts on one side of your head. This feeling may spread to other parts of your head or neck.

Migraine headaches can be very painful. The pain may last for hours or days. During a migraine attack, you may vomit, be sensitive to light, and/or sound.

Tension-type headache

A tension-type headache is the most common type of headache. The pain is often mild to moderate. It may last for just 30 minutes or up to seven days. The pain may be like a pressing or tightening feeling, and it may occur on both sides of the head.
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