There are two types of headaches, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are not associated with other diseases, for example migraine headaches, tension headaches and cluster headaches. An associated disease, sometimes life threatening conditions such as brain tumors, strokes, and meningitis or less, causes secondary headaches.
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headaches. Nearly 90% of adults have suffered from such headaches.
The second most common type of primary headaches is a migraine – an estimated 28 million people in the U.S. experience migraines.
Cluster Headaches are a rare form of primary headache and affect only about 0.1% of the population and often begin in childhood. They are more common in men, while migraine and tension sufferers are more often women (note that men and women do suffer from all 3 types of headache).
While Migraine headaches are caused by a release of chemicals from nerve fibers around blood vessels, the causes of cluster headache and tension headaches are largely unknown.
If you or a loved one experience constant headaches, it is a good idea to see a doctor. In rare cases, a headache can be a sign of a much more serious disease. However, if you find your symptoms are consistent with the common headache, please review the links provided below, for helpful treatment options and known headache triggers.
Treatment for headaches is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.
For more information on headaches, see the following websites:
Medlineplus Headache Overview
Women’s Health with advice for women suffering from chronic headaches and migraines
National Migraine Association with an article describing the “ice pick” headaches sufferers
Disclaimer: The links above are to sites independent of NewportUrgentCare.com. The pages will open in a new browser window. The information provided is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding your specific medical questions, treatments, therapies, and other needs.