Symptoms of Headaches

Headaches are accompanied by a variety of symptoms, depending upon the type of headache. Symptoms of headaches include:

Tension headache symptoms

Tension headaches are often characterized by:

  • Slow onset of head pain
  • Pain in both sides of the head
  • Dull pain that feels like a band or vice
  • Pain in the back of the head or neck

Migraine headache symptoms

Migraines are distinguished by the fact that symptoms other than pain occur, such as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Light sensitivity and other visual disturbances
  • May occur with or without an aura phase, meaning it may involve:
    • Hallucinations
    • Numbness
    • Changes in speech or weakness

The aura phase is the second stage in the onset of a migraine, and is usually experienced by one in five migraine sufferers.

Cluster headache symptoms

Cluster headaches can cause:

  • Severe pain on one side of the head, usually behind one eye
  • A droopy, red or swollen eyelid or a small pupil
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Swelling of the forehead