A headache is defined as pain or discomfort in the head (except for the area of the face below the eyes) or in the back of the neck where it connects to the skull.
Headaches, like back pain, are among the most common physical complaints. While they are painful or even disabling, most headaches are not dangerous. (Less than 5% of all headaches are considered potentially life threatening.)
Most headaches are caused by musculoskeletal problems and can be treated without use of medical procedures or medications. Read more about causes of headaches >
In medical literature, headaches are divided into two groups: primary headaches and secondary headaches.
1. Primary headaches (90% of all headaches)
These are headaches that have no underlying diseases or pathologies. The most common primary headaches are:
2. Secondary headaches (10% of all headaches)
Secondary headaches are caused by serious pathologic processes or diseases, such as brain tumors, aneurysms, inflammatory diseases, abnormalities of the spinal fluid, etc. Secondary headaches require medical management (and cannot be treated conservatively).
Headaches can also be named according to their causes:
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* Medical classification of headaches has been developed by The International Headache Society. HIS web-site will provide you with complete information about diagnostic criteria for various types of headaches: http://www.ihs-classification.org/en/