Ramin Rak on: Headaches vs. Migraines

Types of Headaches

Ramin Rak explains the different types of headaches.

Hello all!

Ramin Rak here, with a blog post to help patients determine different types of headaches.

These and other tips can be found on other posts, accessible through my Twitter page. As a renowned neurosurgeon, I see a lot of patients who suffer from migraines. Unfortunately, many of these patients have put off  seeking treatment, as they confuse their symptoms with a mere headache. Different headaches, however, produce different symptoms and it is important to recognize the symptoms of different types of headaches in order to receive the proper treatment.

According to an article on Healthline.com, headaches are classified into two main categories: primary and secondary.

Cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines are types of primary headaches and are the most common. Secondary headaches, however, are rare and more serious. Often, they are signs of an underlying issue, such as a brain aneurysm or tumor. In order to receive proper treatment, it is important to know what type of headache you are dealing with. By knowing the symptoms, patients can assess themselves and seek the necessary treatment.

The first step in determining if your headache is a migraine or another type of headache, examine the symptoms carefully.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, both migraines and tension headaches can result in moderate levels of pain. Tension headaches are more distracting, while a migraine can become debilitating. If you are feeling an intense throbbing or pulsing sensation, nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sounds, it is likely you are suffering from a migraine. Another indicator of what type of headache you have is the location of the pain. Often, migraines are located on one side of your head, whereas cluster headaches tend to be felt on both sides of your head.

Different types of headaches will respond differently to medications.

Typically, tension headaches will not respond to migraine treatments, but over-the-counter medications for tension headaches can effectively treat migraines. If your headache continues to worsen and is unresponsive to any type of treatment, it could represent a warning sign for a secondary headache.

To learn more about my qualifications and services I provide at Neurological Surgery P.C., visit http://dr-ramin-rak-md.tumblr.com.


Thanks for reading!

Ramin Rak


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