Headache Causes

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Headache symptoms allow Dr. Pira Sadeghi to effectively determine the cause in order to create an appropriate treatment plan. Most headaches are not the result of a serious illness. However, some may result from a life-threatening condition that requires emergency care. Headaches are generally classified as Primary or Secondary headaches. Below we will take a look at headache causes for both primary and secondary classifications. 

Primary Headaches

A primary headache is caused by over-activity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head, and is not a symptoms of an underlying disease. Chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding your skull, or the muscles of your head and neck can play a role in primary headaches. Some people may also carry genes that make them more likely to develop such headaches.

Secondary Headaches

A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions can cause secondary headache. Some possible causes of secondary headaches include:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Arterial tears
  • Blood clot
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Brain AVM
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Dental problems
  • Concussion
  • Ear infection
  • Hangovers
  • Stroke

Whether you are suffering from a primary or a secondary headache, it is important to seek diagnosis for proper treatment and pain relief. Contact TMJ & Sleep Apnea Help Center of Glendale, CA to learn more about different headache causes.