A throbbing, pulsating or pounding headache is more characteristic of migraine. Especially if it occurs only one-sided. The typical headache with tension headaches, however, is dull and oppressive.
Of course, this is just a rough guide, and theoretically, completely different (even more serious) causes can be behind the headache. But for the two most common headache forms by far, this pain differentiation is characteristic.
Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn