Types of Headaches

Secondary Headache Types

Like other types of pain, headaches can serve as warning signals of more serious conditions. This is the case with some types of secondary headaches, which are headaches caused by an underlying condition. Many conditions can cause headaches, including those related to meningitis, as well as those resulting from diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears, and teeth. Other possible types of secondary headaches include those caused by:
 
Secondary headaches can also occur:
 
Because headaches can be caused by underlying medical problems, make sure to see your healthcare provider if your attacks:
 
  • Start after age 50
  • Are different or more severe than past attacks
  • Are triggered by coughing or bending
  • Are linked to a stiff neck and a fever
  • Are accompanied by blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or convulsions
  • Make it difficult for you to think or remember
  • Cause severe vomiting
  • Follow a severe head injury.
     
Children with recurring headaches should also see a healthcare provider.
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