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What are headaches?
A headache can be defined as pain that is felt in the head or upper neck. The kind of pain associated with a headache may be described as dull, sharp, constant, throbbing, mild or intense.
What causes headaches?
Headaches can have a number of causes that may include: food or beverage triggers, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, muscle tension, hormonal changes and sleep disturbances. Some headaches are caused by an underlying medical condition such as infection, thyroid …
Who gets headaches?
Although anybody can get headaches, most people who experience headaches are adults aged between 20 and 50 years.
How are headaches diagnosed?
Diagnosis of headaches involves taking your medical history and performing a physical examination. If needed, further diagnostic testing may include blood tests, urinalysis, and imaging scans.
How are headaches treated?
Headache treatments vary with their type, frequency and severity. Lifestyle modifications that may reduce frequency and severity of headaches include good stress management, adopting correct posture, getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, …
Are there different types of headaches?
Primary headaches, such as tension, migraine and cluster headaches, are not caused by another condition. Secondary headaches, however, may be serious if they are caused by a potentially dangerous underlying medical condition.
What factors can trigger headaches?
Common triggers of tension headaches include certain foods or beverages, hormonal changes, stress, sleep disturbances and muscle tension. Cluster headaches may be triggered by the part of the brain that regulates the body's biological clock. Secondary …
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 17 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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