Headaches - Topic Overview
Headaches are one of the most
common pain-related health problems in both children and adults. You may have a
headache along with another minor health problem such as a sore throat, cold,
or sinus problem.
The most common types of headaches
usually are not serious but may occur again and again.
Common causes of headaches
a headache may be a
symptom of a serious illness. Other symptoms, such as
vomiting, dizziness, or changes in vision, may also be present. The following
serious illnesses or injuries can cause headaches.
- A head injury:
- Injury to the brain (concussion)
- Fracture of
- Bleeding in or around the brain
- Brain tumor, which causes swelling
within the brain
- Infection in the brain (encephalitis)
or of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
- Stroke, a
problem that occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the
brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot
- A rupture of a blood
vessel with bleeding in or around the brain (aneurysm)
Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.