Tension headaches are the most common of all headaches, and severe, chronic tension headaches may be diagnosed incorrectly as migraines. The pain can often feel like a headband is wrapped too tightly around your head. Symptoms of a tension headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes up to a full week. Tension headaches are usually treatable with pain relievers and/or prescribed preventative medications.
Cluster headaches happen on a recurring basis; the pain is excruciating and localized around one eye. These headaches often occur in the middle of the night and can wake you from sleeping. Migraine pain usually feels like intense pulsing around one side of the head, and additional symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light can accompany the pain.
Migraine pain usually feels like intense pulsing around one side of the head, and additional neurological symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light can accompany the pain. Migraines can last anywhere from 4-72 hours, and continuing with daily activities can often increase the pain.
Please note, this assessment is meant to be used as an informative tool only and should not be taken as medical advice. Contact your doctor for a clinical diagnosis.