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Types of Headaches - A Visual Description

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Updated November 20, 2008

Understanding the typical distribution of pain for the main types of headaches can help determine what types of headaches you are experiencing.
Types of Headaches - A Visual Description

Classifying headaches according to the distribution of pain can help determine the type of headache you are having.

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There are four "basic" types of headaches: migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and sinus headaches. There are other types as well, but these are the main ones that affect most people. Each has a different distribution of pain, although overlap can occur. It is helpful to identify the pattern of your pain so you can discuss symptoms accurately with a health care professional. He or she can then best suggest a treatment plan that is individualized for you.

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