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:
- 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
- Trigeminal neuralgia
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).