Types of Migraines and Headaches

There are many different kinds of Migraines, headaches, and other head pain disorders.  Learn the basics of each type, and how they are commonly treated.

Many Different Disorders

  • Woman in pain
    Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches
    The Memorial Day holiday seems to be the unofficial opening of summer, so it's time to take a look at what we can do to avoid as many summer Migraines and headaches as possible. My first tip is - Don't let yourself get dehydrated, even a little...


  • Woman with Migraine
    The Type of Migraine Does Matter
    It does matter that your Migraine diagnosis includes which type of Migraine you have.
  • Migraine - What Is It?
    What is a Migraine? That's partly answered by saying what a Migraine is not. A Migraine is not a headache.
  • Anxiety & Migraine
    Acephalgic or Silent Migraine - The Basics
    The terms "acephalgic" or "silent" Migraine refer to any type of Migraine where no headache occurs, but the Migraineur still has the other symptoms.
  • Abdominal Migraine, girl
    Abdominal Migraine - The Basics
    Abdominal Migraine is most often seen in children ages 5-9, but can occur in adults as well.  It is marked by abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. 
  • Alice in Wonderland
    Alice In Wonderland Syndrome - The Basics
    Alice In Wonderland Syndrome is a rare form of Migraine aura that causes a distortion of body image and perspective, which Migraineurs know is not real.
  • Basilar-Type Migraine
    Basilar-Type Migraine - The Basics
    Basilar-Type Migraine (BTM) is marked by aura symptoms originating in the brainstem such as temporary blindness or decreased levels of consciousness.
  • Complicated Migraine
    What Is a Complex or Complicated Migraine?
    Complex and complicated Migraine are not recognized Migraine diagnoses under the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, the gold standard.
  • Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics
    Hemiplegic Migraine is a rare form of Migraine disease with symptoms that can mimic those of stroke, epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
  • Migraine Aura
    Migraine With Aura -The Basics
    Migraine with Aura, formerly called "classic migraine" is a genetic neurological disease marked by severe headaches as well as visual, sensory and speech symptoms. 
  • Migraine Without Aura - The Basics
    Migraine without aura, formerly called "common migraine," is a neurological disease often characterized by headaches that occur on one side in the head and are pulsating or throbbing.
  • Eye - Ocular Migraine
    Ocular, Opitcal, and Ophthalmic Migraines
    Although many individuals are diagnosed with optical, ocular, and opthalmic Migraine, these are not standard diagnoses.  Discover the true, working diagnoses.
  • Man with Headache
    Retinal Migraine - The Basics
    Retinal Migraine is marked by a variety of monocular (in one eye) visual disturbances, including, twinkling lights, decreased vision, or even temporary blindness.
  • Sinus Headache
    Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine.
    The majority of people who think they're suffering from sinus headaches are actually experiencing Migraine attacks.
  • Migraine Aura
    Status Migrainous - The Basics
    A Migraine attack lasting longer than 72 hours is often indicative of "status Migrainous" a condition requiring immediate medical attention due to an increased risk of stroke.
  • Woman with Migraine
    Transformed Migraine - The Basics
    Transformed Migraine is marked by increasingly frequent Migraine attacks, eventually becoming daily less severe headaches punctuated by debilitating Migraine attacks.