How to Identify your Headache

With five different types of headaches, it’s important to figure out what type of headache is causing your pain in order to treat it correctly.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. The pain is consistent with a pressure or ache around the head (temples), back of the head or neck. Not as severe as a migraine and can be treated with over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen.

Cluster headaches, which are more common in men than women, are headaches that occur in groups or cycles. The pain can be severe and confined to one side of the head. There is no cure but medication can help the pain and the duration of the headache.

Sinus headaches happen when a sinus becomes inflamed from infection. Sinus headaches can be treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, or decongestants.

Rebound headaches can be caused by overuse of painkillers for headaches. Over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs can cause a rebound headache. These headaches can be managed by reducing the amount of medication.

Migraine headaches are usually accompanied by aura, nausea and or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. If you are curious to what is causing your headaches, pay close attention to your daily schedule, eating and drinking habits, weight, and even your personality traits. Any type of change in your routine may be to blame.

At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell is one of the best-qualified doctors in the country for treating head pain. Dr. Stan Farrell is Board Certified and a member of the American Headache Society and a Diplomate with the American Board of Orofacial Pain, making him one of the best choices for your migraine headache treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing the signs and symptoms of headache and or migraines, please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us online at