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While very common and usually benign, frequent or severe headaches can be disabling and sometimes indicate a serious problem.

Doctors separate headaches into two main categories: primary and secondary.

Primary headache is generally triggered by nerves, blood vessels and/or muscles in your head and neck. It can also be caused by diet and lifestyle, including alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, skipped meals and stress.

Specific types of primary headaches include:

  • Migraine
  • Cluster headache
  • Tension headache

Secondary headache is a symptom of a disease, ranging from a sinus infection to stroke. These include:

  • Brain aneurysm
  • AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
  • Brain tumor
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Encephalitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Meningitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Stroke

At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, our neurologists have the experience and expertise to identify and treat specific primary and secondary headaches.

To make an initial appointment, consultation, a second opinion or to refer a patient to the Neurosciences Institute at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, please call us at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).

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