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Types of Headache

Headache: Types list

The list of types of Headache mentioned in various sources includes:

Curable Types of Headache:

Rare Types of Headache:

Types discussion:

NINDS Headache Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

When a person has a headache, several areas of the head can hurt, including a network of nerves that extends over the scalp and certain nerves in the face, mouth, and throat. The muscles of the head and the blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain are also sensitive to pain because they contain delicate nerve fibers. The bones of the skull and tissues of the brain itself never hurt because they lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers. The ends of these pain-sensitive nerves, called nociceptors, can be stimulated by stress, muscular tension, dilated blood vessels, and others triggers of headache. Vascular headaches (migraines are a kind of vascular headache) are thought to involve abnormal function of the brain's blood vessels or vascular system; muscle contraction headaches appear to involve the tightening or tensing of facial and neck muscles; and traction and inflammatory headaches are symptoms of other disorders, ranging from brain tumor to stroke to sinus infection. Some types of headache are signals of more serious disorders: sudden, severe headache; headache associated with convulsions; headache accompanied by confusion or loss of consciousness; headache following a blow on the head; headache associated with pain in the eye or ear; persistent headache in a person who was previously headache free; recurring headache in children; headache associated with fever; headache that interferes with normal life. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Headache Information Page: NINDS)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Headaches are diagnosed as

  • Vascular
  • Muscle contraction (tension)
  • Traction
  • Inflammatory

Vascular headaches—a group that includes the well-known migraine—are so named because they are thought to involve abnormal function of the brain's blood vessels or vascular system. Muscle contraction headaches appear to involve the tightening or tensing of facial and neck muscles. Traction and inflammatory headaches are symptoms of other disorders, ranging from stroke to sinus infection. Some people have more than one type of headache. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Ninety percent of all headaches are classified as tension/muscle contraction headaches. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Headache: Rare Types

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Headache: Related Disease Topics

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