Common Types of Head Pain

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Almost half of the population suffers from head pain or cephalgia. In most cases, the pain can be eliminated with certain medications, rest, and lifestyle changes. However, abnormal or severe cephalgia can be caused by underlying health issues like tumors, blood clots, or a stroke. Advanced Headache Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options to define your condition and improve your quality of life.



Migraine pain is throbbing in nature and can be mild to severe, lasting for a few hours to a few days and occurring a few times per month. Migraines can also lead to various other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and loss of appetite.

Patients who experience migraines are often sensitive to light, noise, smells, and movement. Some patients who experience migraines have certain triggers that can start an episode of migraines.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of pain in the face, head, or neck, associated with muscle contractions, tightness, or inflammation.

Tension headaches are usually relieved when you stop doing the activity that caused the discomfort and are only considered serious when they occur frequently.

Cluster Headaches

This type of pain is common and can be the most severe. Patients often describe an intense throbbing or sharp pain behind the eyes that comes in the form of an "attack" and can occur more than once a day. The symptoms may go away for a period of time but often come back.

Chronic Headaches

Chronic pain in the head can last for days and get progressively worse, making them, at times, disabling. If you notice that your symptoms linger for a long time without any temporary or long-lasting relief, you are most likely dealing with a chronic headache.

Secondary Headaches

There are a vast number of illnesses and chronic medical conditions that can cause secondary headaches. The most common types of secondary headaches are:

Contact Advanced Headache Center for the best chronic and acute headache treatment in New York City and northern New Jersey. We have a convenient location in Greenwich Village and nearby areas such as New City, Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, and East Brunswick