What Is The Cause of Headaches

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Although medical science has not yet found the exact cause of headaches, some of the most common causes can typically be blamed in the majority of cases.  Headaches are broken down in the medical community into a few categories that assist in diagnosis.  A primary headache occurs to millions on a daily basis.  Primary headaches constitute the vast majority of headaches, 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 bring about serious pain.  Secondary headaches are caused by a structural or chemical problem in the brain.

Most primary headaches are related to 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 typically results in a contraction of the muscles, and therefore a tension related headache.  Prolonged physical stress, such as hard manual labor that is engaged in for several hours, can also result in headaches caused by tension.

Cluster headaches happen less frequently, and typically only occur in a small portion of the population.  Sufferers usually experience cluster headaches only for a small window of time, thus the name “cluster” headache.  This can make prevention and treatment difficult.  When a cluster headache occurs, it can be accompanied by severe pain that focuses behind the eyes.  Water running from the eyes and nose are common with cluster headaches.  A cluster headache should be treated as soon as possible.

Secondary headaches usually represent a more serious issue.  This is much rarer 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.


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