Types of Headaches

Headaches are a pain. They can interrupt our daily schedule and prevent us from participating in our favorite events, but they can also cause severe pain. Its normal to not be able to handle the pain, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Whether you have only experienced a headache a couple times or you’re a frequent headache flyer, it is important to understand the different types of headaches you might experience. We’ve put together some information on three main types of headaches for you to keep in mind the next time you experience that nagging pain.

Tension type headache

The most common type of headache experienced by adults is a tension type headache. This type of headache can appear periodically or chronically. And when it does develop, it can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several days. Now that doesn’t sound good at all.

Tension type headaches are a little trickier to unravel than other headaches. These headaches can be triggered by environmental factors or from stress. Often these headaches have known causes, or they can also be unknown, which is why we need to pay close attention to when they occur. But rest easy knowing there are treatment options available to help relieve your pain—reach out to us and ask!

Tension Headache

Cluster Headaches

What is worse than a headache? One that consistently reappears time after time. A cluster headache does just that—it is a type of headache that comes back over time. There can be days where you experience a cluster headache three times in one day. This can then lead to weeks or months of recurrence.

We know that doesn’t sound reassuring, but we can take proactive steps to prevent or treat these headaches too. If you suffer from cluster headaches, you might notice that they occur at the same time every year. Most likely they occur in the spring or fall seasons. To make matters worse, cluster headaches can even be more intense than a migraine. However, they do not last as long as a migraine headache does. Pay attention because these headaches might disappear completely only to return in just a couple months without any warning signs.

Cluster Headaches

Migraine Headaches

If you have never suffered from migraines, count yourself lucky. Migraines are often extremely unbearable and put a damper on your day—or week. Depending on the severity of your migraine, the pain can be so uncontrollable that you are down for multiple days, interrupting your daily life.

While the pain can be miserable, don’t sweat it too much. At Fuller Sleep & TMJ Solutions, Dr. Fuller and her team of dental professionals can help you find a solution to combat your pain. However, make sure to pay close attention to your migraines. Understanding what triggers your migraine can help prevent further episodes from occurring.


Contact Dr. Fuller for more information on headaches and what treatment options are available to combat your pain or prevent it from occurring in the first place.