Few health issues are as universal as headaches. It’s estimated that at least half of all adults have had a headache within the last year, and more than 12 million Americans visit their doctor complaining about headaches annually. Part of the reason headaches affect so many, is that multiple things can cause them. Stress, eye strain, tense muscles, illnesses, and environmental factors all contribute to various levels of head pain.
While headaches are fairly universal, that doesn’t mean they’re always harmless. In fact, sometimes the cause of a severe headache may require immediate emergency medical attention. Seeing as June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to review three key facts that will determine just how severe your next headache is - and help you figure out what to do about it:
1) There are different kinds of headaches, which vary in severity. According to the National Headache Foundation, there are two kinds of headaches: primary and secondary. All headaches fall into one of these categories depending on their causes and symptoms. For example, migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches are all examples of primary headaches. Secondary headaches, on the other hand, occur after the body experiences a physical ailment. Infections, fever, head injury, hypoglycemia, tumors, dental conditions or increased pressure in the skull and/or sinuses are all examples of secondary headaches. And generally speaking, while primary headaches can be painful to the point of disabling, secondary headaches are more likely to signal danger to your overall health.Read More