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Symptoms of Headache
by Debra Wood, RN
Head pain is associated with all headaches, but different types of headache have specific symptoms.
Tension headache symptoms usually start slowly and build. They include:
Migraines occur in phases that may include the following:
Cluster Headache TOP
Cluster headache involves stabbing, penetrating, burning, or explosive head pain that:
During the headache other symptoms may occur on the affected side, including:
Sinus Headache TOP
Sinus headache symptoms include:
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Last reviewed October 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
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