Type of Headaches

For some women, Headaches can be a debilitating health problem, often with no obvious solutions.  That’s why Her Space is bringing a new expert into our practice with years of expertise in treating headaches.  Below is a list of the types of headaches our patients suffer from:

Listed below are the most common types of headaches.  There are many types of rarer headaches not included in the following discussion of headache types.





1. Migraine headaches without aura

• Generally last 4-72 hours
• Unilateral
• Throbbing
• Moderate or severe in intensity
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Light or sound sensitivity

2. Migraine headaches with aura

• Same as above
• Associated with an aura such as flashing lights, loss of part of vision, speech difficulty, numbness, or vertigo lasting 5 to 60 minutes

3. Chronic migraine headaches

• Diagnosis of migraine without aura
• Headaches occur 15 or more days per month for greater than three months
• Not all of the headaches may have migrainous features
• Average headache duration is 4 hours a day

4. Cluster headaches

• Unilateral
• Distribution is around the eye or temple and stays the same for every attack
• Durations is between 15 and 180 minutes
• Usual associated redness of the eye, tearing of the eye, drooping of the eyelid and discharge from the nose on the same side as the headache
• Pain is severe

5. Tension headaches

• Can be episodic or chronic
• Bilateral pressing pain (non-throbbing)
• Mild to moderate in intensity
• Usually not associated with nausea or light/sound sensitivity

6. New Daily Persistent headaches

• Unremitting daily headache
• Duration of greater than three months-can often remember exact time of onset
• Usually bilateral, nonthrobbing
• Mild or moderate intensity
• Usually not associated with nausea, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity

7. Rebound headaches

• Often called Medication Overuse headache
• Regular overuse of medications for greater than three months
• Headache occurs on 15 or more days per month
• Headache returns to previous frequency with discontinuation of meds
• Biggest offenders are Ergotamine, Triptans, analgesics, and Opioids

8. Secondary headaches

• Headaches attributable to an identifiable cause such as head trauma, infection, tumor, stroke or autoimmune disease