Types of Headaches

Although most of us are unaware that there are multiple types of headaches, we may have experienced both types at some point in our life. Let’s take a look at what the 2 types of headaches are, and what they entail.

Primary Headaches

Primary headaches are most common among headaches, and do not have an underlying disease as the main issue. These headaches are caused by an overactivity of pain-sensitive structures in your head. Sometimes, the muscles of your head and neck play a role as well. In other cases, genetics may come into play making some people more prone to headaches than others. Some of the most common primary headaches include cluster headaches, migraines, or tension headaches. Chances are, you have had a primary headache at some point in your life.

Secondary Headaches

Secondary headaches are more involved than primary headaches. They typically have an underlying disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves in the head. Some of the sources may include ear infections, influenza, glaucoma, or even hangovers. Be careful when diagnosing whether or not you have a primary or secondary headache, sometimes it can be more serious than you think and you may need a physician’s assistance. Once the underlying issue is addressed, secondary headaches can be treated depending on the reason behind them. Don’t fret, you will not be in pain much longer.

Next Step

Once you have read and fully understand the causes and types of headaches, it will be much easier to identify the reason behind your headache, in turn making it easier to treat. If you are unable to get rid of your headache on your own, there may be an underlying issue and it is important to contact your physician for extra assistance. Headaches are controllable and preventable, you just have to keep an eye out for the causes.