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OUCH(UK) Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headache

Other Common Headaches

The most common of all headache types, affecting up to three quarters of all people at some stage is the tension-type headache. Other primary headaches include:

  • New daily persistent headache (NDPH)
  • Hemicrania Continua
  • Primary cough headache
  • Primary exertional headache
  • Primary thuderclap headache
  • Primary headache associated with sexual activity
  • Medication overuse/rebound headache

Other benign and relatively common headaches include those induced by food (including nitrates, sulphites, aspartame, MSG etc.) and by excessive alcohol consumption (the 'hangover' headache).