It isn't clear why some
people get migraines and others do not. Migraines often run in families.
Experts aren't sure what causes migraines.
The cause of tension headaches
also is not clear. Experts believe there may be more than one cause of tension
headaches. In the past, doctors believed that tension or spasms of the muscles
of the neck, face, jaw, head, or scalp played a role in causing these
headaches. Now they think a change in brain chemistry may also cause a tension
What experts know about the causes of headaches is based on
research in adults.
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