Headaches come in many shapes, sizes and types, each with its own treatment path. Treatments that work for one type seldom work for treating another, so doctors must diagnose the type before beginning treatment. And that can be a challenge. There are no lab tests or diagnostic imaging tools doctors can use to identify headache types. Instead, doctors look for symptoms unique to each type to determine the best course of treatment.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most common headache types with their characteristic symptoms.