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Why do mild to moderate headaches start?

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Doctors aren't sure why this type of headache starts. Some people find that it strikes after an infection, a flu-like illness, surgery, or a stressful event. The pain tends to be moderate, but for some people, it’s severe. And it’s often hard to treat. Symptoms can vary widely. Some are like tension headaches. Others share symptoms of migraines, such as nausea or sensitivity to light. Call your doctor if your headache won't go away or if it's severe.

From: Causes and Types of Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches," "Tension Headaches."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rebound Headaches."

Merck Manual: "Tension-Type Headache."

Seminars in Neurology: "Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Daily Headache."

University of Maryland Medical System: "Sinus Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tension-type Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches," "Tension Headaches."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rebound Headaches."

Merck Manual: "Tension-Type Headache."

Seminars in Neurology: "Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Daily Headache."

University of Maryland Medical System: "Sinus Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tension-type Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 08, 2018

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