One of the most common symptoms in today's society, a headache can occur when certain nerves in the head, face, mouth, or neck are affected by specific triggers (such as stress or dilated blood vessels). There are several different types of headaches, and your healthcare provider will categorize them into one of several categories (such as acute, subacute, or chronic).
In most cases, headaches are easily treated by medications or other treatment options. However, some headaches can be more serious and require medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience things such as a headache after a blow to the head or headaches that occur along with a fever or convulsions. Your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to rule out any serious, underlying condition.
(Click Headaches for the complete eMedTV article. This article discusses what causes headaches and explains how your healthcare provider may diagnose your headache. This resource also describes some treatment options.)