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Types of Headaches

If you suffer from frequent headaches, you might miss out on many daily activities because the pain is often too much to handle. We’ve all experienced a headache or few at some point in our lives, but are you familiar with the different types of headaches you might experience? Let’s take a look at and gain a better understanding of a few different types of headaches for Scottsdale patients.

Tension-Type Headaches

The most common type of headaches among adults is the tension type headache. This can appear periodically or chronically, and can often last from 30 minutes to several days. Tension type headaches can be triggered by environmental or internal stress. The patient sometimes knows these stresses. However, other times it is hard to determine the specific trigger, which is why we need to pay close attention to when your headaches occur.

Cluster Headaches

A cluster headache refers to the type of headache that recurs over a period of time. People who suffer from cluster headaches often get them at the same time each year, such as the spring or fall. Cluster headaches can also be more intense than a migraine attack but fortunately do not last as long as a migraine headache.

Headaches With an Aura

An aura is a perceptual disturbance experienced by someone with a migraine or headache before it begins. It often manifests as the perception of a strange light, an unpleasant smell or confusing thoughts or experiences. The pain alone is often enough to prevent you from carrying on with your daily activities. Whether you have a headache with or without an aura, there is a solution to your pain.

To learn more about headaches in North Scottsdale and how Dr. Sara can help, schedule an appointment with AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions today!