Headache in Adults

Well we all must have experienced headache at least once in our life. Headache one of the most common condition and sometimes it can be quite incapacitating. There are many causes of headache and according to a comprehensive headache classification guide, established by the International Headache Society, there are more than 150 headache categories.

But, a practical headache classification divides headaches into two main categories, primary and secondary headaches.

Primary headaches are those that are not the caused by another medical condition. The category includes causes like tension-type, migraine, and cluster headaches etc.

Secondary headaches are those that are caused by another underlying medical or neurological conditions like tumour, brain stroke, trauma, infections of brain, medication overuse, or headaches cause by sinus infection etc.

So if you are having headache, you should give due importance to it if any one of following is associated with it:-

  1. If it is first or worst headache of life?

  2. If it headache started suddenly without any warning or build-up?

  3. If there is any fundamental change in the pattern of recurrent headaches

  4. If you are you more than 50 years?

  5. If you are also having associated condition like presence of cancer, HIV, pregnancy?

  6. If you are also having symptoms other than headache?