What are Headaches?
A headache is a pain in the head or neck and is one of the most common conditions experienced. The World Health Organization reports that more than half of the world’s population will experience a headache every year. A headache disorder when your headache reoccurs.
Are There Different Types of Headaches?
What are Primary Headaches?
Primary headaches are a stand-alone illness, caused by some type of irritation of blood vessels, muscles or nerves around the neck and head. They can also be caused by chemical imbalances or a change in chemical activity in the brain. Because they are a stand-alone illness, treatment directly addresses a headache and rectifying the irritation or imbalance that causes it. Primary headaches include:
Migraines are the second most common type of a primary headache, learn more about their signs symptoms, causes and treatment options.
Cluster headaches are the least common, but most painful, type of a primary headache. Learn more about cluster headache causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Although rather mild, tension-type headaches (TTH) are the most common type of a primary headache. Learn more about treatment options, signs and symptoms as well as causes.
What are Secondary Headaches?
Secondary headaches are a byproduct of another factor. While a headache can be treated directly, in order to obtain long-term relief, the primary cause of a headache must also be treated. Causes of secondary headaches can include:
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)-related Headaches
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)-related headaches are a secondary headache caused by issues in your jaw, learn more about the signs symptoms, causes and treatment options.
Cervicogenic headaches feel similar to migraines but with the pain at the base of the skull. Learn more about cervicogenic headache causes, treatment options and symptoms.
Caused by overuse or exceeding daily recommended daily doses of common medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin,).
A Brain Tumour
Headaches are a common symptom of a brain tumour and are unlikely to respond to typical headache remedies.
If you’ve taken a bump, blow, or hit to the head or body your headache could be due to a concussion.
Dehydration can cause the brain to temporarily shrink, contract, and pull away from the skull triggering a headache.
Recent studies show a connection between anxiety and frequent headaches, although a direct cause has not yet been found.