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Headaches and Migraines

Headaches can be divided into two general categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches.

Primary headaches are unrelated to another underlying disease process. The most common examples of primary headaches are migrainetension-type headache and cluster headache. There are numerous other, rarer, primary headache disorders. Primary headache disorders, especially migraine, can be associated with a myriad of neurologic symptoms in addition to headache.

Secondary headaches are the result of another disease process (e.g., hypertension, neck problems, brain tumor, infection) or disease treatment (many medications or treatments can cause headache). A common misconception is the occurrence of sinus headaches. Research studies have demonstrated that up to 90% of people who complain of “sinus headaches” are actually having migraines.

Prior to seeing a neurologist, many patients suffer needlessly for years due to misdiagnosis and mistreatment of their headaches. In fact, many of the treatment regimens instituted by non-neurologists actually worsen the headache condition.

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