primary headache

Tension-Type Headaches (TTH)

Tension-Type Headaches (TTH)

Tension Type Headache is one of the primary headache types, most people with tension type headaches do not seek medical attention unless the headache becomes more frequent as in chronic tension type headache.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headaches

Primary headache syndromes include migraine, tension-type headache, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias.  This class of headaches includes subtypes like the cluster headache. It is one of the most painful conditions known to mankind.  Indeed, this headache-type was once referred to as “suicide headache”.

Headache: Primary vs Secondary

Headache: Primary vs Secondary

Headache is a term used to describe any discomfort above the shoulders, so it typically includes the head and face.  It is a symptom, not a diagnosis. “Headache” is the broader umbrella term under which primary and secondary headaches fall. These subcategories can then be further divided.   

Broaching Cluster

Broaching Cluster

My New Year resolution for IHC is to increase awareness for headache and facial pain.  I will take the next several blog posts to go over basic headache information and some lifestyle strategies that can help. In general, terms used to describe primary headache syndromes are often misunderstood and misused.

Primary headache syndromes include migraine, tension-type headache, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. Among the TACs is the most painful headache condition known to mankind: the cluster headache.