Headaches and Migrane
There are over thousands of reason to get headaches. E.g.; Stress, Lack of sleep, Pregnancy related headaches, side effects of medications, viral infection, common colds, sinus issues, rapid ingestion of a very cold food or beverage and many more.
Headaches can be classified to primary and secondary.
Primary headaches: Nearly 90% of all headaches are primary headaches. It usually starts at the age group of between 20 and 40 years old. The most common types of primary headaches are migraines and tension-type headaches. These headache stays for sometimes, can be severe but resolve after sometimes and are not dangerous.
Other types of Primary Headaches are:
- Cluster Headache
- Trigeminal Headache (shooting face pain)
- Primary stabbing headache
- Primary cough headache
- Primary exertional headache
- Hypnic headache
- Hemicrania continua
- Primary sex headache
Secondary headaches: Headaches that may be the reason elsewhere such as in the head or neck. Some of these are not harmful, such as cervicogenic headache (pain arising from the neck muscles). Medication overuse headache may occur due to medication side effects.
But there are some secondary headaches that should be really concern above are:
- Meningitis (inflammation of the meninges which presents with fever and stiff neck)
- Bleeding inside the brain (intracranial hemorrhage)
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage (acute, severe headache, stiff neck WITHOUT fever)
- Ruptured aneurysm, Arteriovenous malformation, Intraparenchymal hemorrhage (headache only)
- Brain tumor
- Temporal arteritis (inflammatory disease of arteries common in the elderly)
- Acute closed angle glaucoma(increased pressure in the eyeball)