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.
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.
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
- Ear infection
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.