Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle tension are often factors in tension type headaches. Tension headaches typically do not cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light (photophobia).
While symptoms may differ, the following are common symptoms of a tension type headache:
slow onset of the headache
head usually hurts on both sides
pain is dull or feels like a band or vice around the head
pain may involve the back (posterior) part of the head or neck
pain is mild to moderate, but not severe
The symptoms of tension headaches may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.Learn more about tension headaches ›
Relative to other types of primary headache, cluster headaches are rare. The pain they produce is severe and tends to recur in the same way each time for individuals who experience cluster headaches.
Cluster headaches occur in groups, or clusters, and individual attacks last about one to three hours on average. The frequency of occurrence may range from every other day to multiple times a day. Cluster periods are followed by remissions that may last months or years.
While symptoms may differ, the following are common symptoms of a cluster headache:
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Sudden onset of pain, generally around or behind the eye (retro-orbital)
Pain builds to a peak in about 10 to 15 minutes
Restlessness or agitation
Red or watering eyes
Sweating on the forehead
Eyelid drooping or swelling