Is it possible to have more than one type of headache?
It is possible to have more than one headache type. There more than 200 types of headaches as categorized by the International Headache Society. It is important to realize that people with primary headache disorders, like migraine, can also have secondary headaches as well.
It is possible for someone with a primary headache type such as migraine to develop a brain tumor, meningitis (which is an infection that affects the lining of the brain), or other medical problems, which can cause headaches.
However it is much more common to have more than one primary headache type. For example, some people can have both migraine and tension-type headaches. It is also common for patients with chronic migraine to have headaches of different intensities, like a mild background headache, moderate attacks and severe attacks.
It is important not to miss a secondary headache disorder, which in some cases, can be life threatening if not treated. This is why it is important to tell your doctor if your headache pattern has changed, as this may require further testing.
1. It is possible to have more than one headache type
2. It is not uncommon to have more than one primary headache type
3. A person with a primary headache type can also have a secondary headache type but this is less common
4. It is important to tell your doctor if your headache pattern has changed, as this may require further testing.