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Headaches - Symptoms

Types of Headache   


  • Pain begins or stay just on one side of the head
  • Pulsating and throbbing pain of moderate to severe intensity
  • Physical activities, especially bending or coughing makes headaches worse
  • Sensitivity to lights, sound and smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • May be preceded by flash lights
  • May be associated with visual symptoms, e.g. Seeing zigzag lines and tingling/numbness of limbs

These symptoms may occur before or during a headache attack, but lasts no more than an hour.

Tension Headache

  • Pain feels like a tight band pressing around the head
  • Pain is usually dull, steady and not throbbing
  • No nausea or vomiting associated with the headache

Cluster Headache

  • Headache attack often awakes patient from sleep at a similar time every night
  • Pain always occurs on the same side and usually centres over one eye which causes tearing and redness
  • Opposite side of the head is completely unaffected
  • Patient usually paces up and down, holding the head

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