What are the Causes of Headaches?

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Man in pain from headache.

From the perspective from a medical professional, headaches are the result of an interaction among the brain, blood vessels, and nearby nerves. The brain receives pain signals when the nerves of the head muscles and blood vessels are activated.

But you’re not here for the physiological explanation of what causes a headache, are you?

If you want to get answers about the cause of a headache, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms. This can help a professional in the medical field determine the cause and apply the correct treatment.

There are two categories for causes of headaches …

First, there are primary headaches. People suffer from primary headaches as a result of overactivity or pain-sensitive structures in your head, so it’s not a symptom of some underlying disease. Here are the most common types of primary headaches:

  • Cluster – often recurs over several weeks, causing pain in one side of the head
  • Migraine – recurring throbbing headache affecting one side of the head and often accompanied by nausea and vision problems
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC) – often occurs with pain on one side of the head in the trigeminal nerve area, causing symptoms such as eye watering and redness or drooping eyelids

It’s possible to trigger a primary headache due to your lifestyle:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Eating and sleeping patterns
  • Physical activity (or lack of)
  • Posture
  • Alcohol

Other people suffer from secondary headaches. In this case, the headache is a symptom of a disease that has the potential to activate those aforementioned nerves in your head. A number of conditions may cause a secondary headache, including:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Blood clot
  • Concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Ear infection
  • Meningitis
  • Panic disorder

There are common types of secondary headaches that include:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Rebound headaches
  • Spinal headaches
  • Thunderclap headaches

For when you want a solution for your headaches …

Dynamic Health offers premium services for people seeking relief from headache pain. Our team of medical professionals implement specific protocols of treatment based on rigorous diagnostics that find the root cause of your pain, not merely masking the issue.

Contact us today for more information!

Oh, and here are some helpful tips to help reduce your headache pain until you come in for an appointment!

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