The Headache diagram shows non serious common causes for simple acute daily headaches.


Other common causes for headaches

  • Elevated blood pressure or sugar
  • Birth control pills
  • Stress and sleep deprivation
  • Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) like ibuprofen
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Certain medications and vitamins supplements

Headache RED FLAGS that requires immediate ER evaluation

  • High fever with stiff neck
  • High blood pressure
  • Worst headache 10/10
  • Abrupt fast onset severe headache – Thunderclap headache
  • New neurological deficit (focal numbness, weakness or blurred vision lasting more than 1 hour)
  • Head injury followed by severe headache
  • Loss of or altered consciousness
  • New headache in patients taking blood thinners, have history of cancer or immunosuppressed
  • Headache triggered by exertion
  • Deterioration or progression of usual known headache
  • Fever + headache+ tender scalp vessels
  • Headache triggered by sexual intercourse or valsalva maneuver (straining)
  • Headache only in the upright position and relieved by laying down

Chronic & Recurrent Common Headaches

Types of Headaches

Migraine Headache

Moderate to severe  Headache

Tension Headache

Usually mild Headache

Cluster Headache

Can be quite sever Headache

Lasts hours

May have aura (warning symptoms of impending attack)
The classic migraine is one-sided but more commonly it causes bilateral headache
Throbbing or pulsating
Aggravated by activity
Worse with light and noise

Lasts hours to days

No aura

Whole head hurts

Non pulsating pressure

Not affected by activity

No nausea or vomiting

Not affected by light or noise

Lasts seconds to minutes

No aura

One sided, around the eye and temple

Sharp electrical short lasting and repetitive

Not affected by activity

May have red eye, runny nose, facial flushing or sweating, weak eye muscles

Not affected by light or noise

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