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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 is when your headache reoccurs.

Types | Primary Headaches | Secondary Headaches

Are There Different Types of Headaches?

There are many different kinds of headaches, all with various causes.

However, headaches can be placed into two main categories: primary headaches and secondary 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:

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: