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Symptoms of Headache
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 involves stabbing, penetrating, burning, or explosive head pain that:
During the headache other symptoms may occur on the affected side, including:
Sinus headache symptoms include:
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Headache—frequently asked questions. National Headache Foundation website. Available at:
NINDS headache information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at:
Last reviewed November 2013 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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