Cause of Human Headaches

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Although medical science cannot pinpoint the exact cause of headaches in a patient, some of the most common causes can typically be blamed in the majority of cases.  Headaches are broken down into three basic categories.  A primary headache is something almost all people are familiar with.  Primary headaches are what the majority of headaches can be diagnosed as, and are almost never life threatening.  Despite this frequency of occurence and a lack of life threatening danger, a primary headache can be very painful.  Cluster headaches are a far more serious form of headache, that although not life threatening, can cause debilitating pain.  Secondary headaches are caused by a structural or chemical problem in the brain.

It is believed that over 90% of primary headaches, which most people experience, can be blamed on tension.  The muscles that surround the skull sometimes contract, putting too much pressure on the head.  This can be a significant source of pain.  Although the reasons behind the contraction of cranial muscles are unknown, it is commonly seen as a result of emotional or physical stress.  Significant emotional stress usually leads to cranial pressure, and therefore a tension related headache.  Prolonged physical stress, such as extended manual labor, is also known to cause tension headaches.

Cluster headaches are a far more rare occurence, and typically only occur in a small portion of the population.  Patients typically see cluster headaches only in small time frames, thus the name “cluster” headache.  This grouping pattern makes treatment difficult.  When a cluster headache occurs, severe and debilitating pain usually follows.  Water running from the eyes and nose are common with cluster headaches.  Treatment should be undertaken as soon as possible to bring the pain under control.

Secondary headaches usually represent a more serious issue.  This occurs on a far rarer basis than primary headaches.  A secondary headache can signify a deeper neurological issue at work.  Headaches that occur frequently or on a regular basis should be cause for a check with the doctor.  Secondary headaches sometimes present with severe pain and sensory issues.

By: Indika Roshana  Herbal Remedies , Natural Cures , Health PLR

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