What Kind of Headache do You Have?

Headache Types The Facts you need to know

Many of the patients I see suffer from headaches. The fact is, research shows that half of people suffer from some kind of headache every year, and nearly all will experience a headache at some time in their life. Sadly, many people even suffer from chronic headaches that affect them weekly or even daily. I want to use this opportunity to share with you a little information on headaches that could hopefully help you find the best relief the fastest.


According to the classification list by the International Headache Society, there are over 150 different types of headaches with varying symptoms. While many of these are extremely specific, rare, or incidental, such as Cold-Induced Ingestion Headaches (more commonly called a “brain-freeze”) there are a few categories that are relatively common:

I want to bring up at this point that I will often here people (both doctors and patients) refer to all headaches as ‘migraines’. So be careful when you hear someone use this word that you know whether they are talking about headaches in general or true migraines.

Now that we’ve covered some basics, I’ll be using the next few weeks to uncover ways to beat headaches and help people find ways to reduce their symptoms. To start, though, if you’re suffering from headaches, the best thing you can do for yourself is start keeping a headache diary. I recommend downloading the app Migraine Buddy. Do it now, because the information you record there will be important in the weeks moving forward.

Dr. Derrick T Dube, DC Chiropractic Physician and Associate Provider of Better Chiropractic

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