Headaches Causes and Symptoms

Hello All, today we are going to look at the many reasons why people have headaches. A headache can be caused by a Myriad of reasons, most are not of a serious concern. On the other hand some headaches are caused by very serious conditions. Are you aware you can get a headache from eating ice lollies or ice cream. It’s generally called a brain freeze.

Examples of Primary Headaches

Secondary Headaches are more serious

Consulting a Doctor

Treatment Options

My Final Thoughts

Let’s dive in and learn some causes :


Examples of Primary Headaches

  • Tension headache is generally a mild to moderate pain in your head that feels like a tight strap around the head. A tension headache is the most common form of headache, and yet its the least understood.
  • Migraines can cause a severe throbbing pain usually just on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by feeling sick and a strong aversion to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours as well as days, and the pain can be so severe that you find it very difficult to do anything else other than lie in a quiet dark room.For some people, a warning symptom known as an aura can come before the headache. An aura can include problems with vision, such as flashes of light or blind spots, in extreme cases you can feel a tingling sensation on one side of the face or in the arms or legs, as well as having difficulty speaking.
  • Cluster headaches, are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache normally wakes you up in the middle of the night with severe pain in or around one eye, combined with pain on one side of your head.You can suffer from regular attacks, known as cluster periods, these can last for weeks or months, after the attacks you can go into remission where the headaches stop. You can be in remission for long periods of time, even for years.
  • Exercise headaches can occur during or after physical exercise. Exercises such as running, rowing, tennis, swimming and weightlifting can cause this type of headache.Doctors divide exercise headaches into two categories. Primary exercise headaches are usually harmless, aren’t connected to any underlying problems and can often be prevented with medication.Secondary exercise headaches are caused by an underlying, often serious problem within the brain — such as bleeding or a tumor as well as coronary artery disease. Secondary exercise headaches may require emergency medical attention to be administered.



  • Chronic, Most people have headaches from time to time. if you have a headache more days than don’t , you could have chronic daily headaches. Rather than a specific type of headache. Chronic refers to how often the headache occurs and how long it lasts for.
  • The constant nature of chronic daily headaches makes them one of the most disabling headache conditions. Aggressive initial treatment and steady, long-term management might reduce pain and lead to fewer headaches.
  • Cough headaches are a very unusual type of headache triggered by coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, laughing, crying, singing, bending over or having a bowel movement.Doctors divide cough headaches into two different categories. Primary cough headaches are usually harmless, they occur less frequently and eventually get better on their own. Secondary cough headaches, also called symptomatic cough headaches, are more serious, as they can be caused by problems within the brain.

Causes of Primary headaches

  1. processed foods
  2. Incorrect posture
  3. Not eating regularly
  4. Stress
  5. Not getting enough sleep
  6. Alcohol, especially red wines

Secondary Headaches Are More Serious

  1. A sinus infection, can Cause a throbbing facial pain or a headache
  2. Brain aneurysms cause very sudden and severe headaches
  3. Brain arteriovenous malformations cause you to have chronic headaches
  4. Brain tumor, a headache is the most commonly reported symptom
  5. A big indicator of Dehydration is cramp and a dull prolonged headache
  6. Encephalitis headaches are very severe
  7. Following a concussion, you can get a headache that feels like a migraine
  8. Meningitis symptoms include a severe headache as well as vomiting and fever
  9. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an amino acid found in processed food and it can give you very bad headaches
  10. Panic attacks and panic disorder, people who suffer from these disorders are more prone to headaches and migraine
  11. If you wear headgear, such as a helmet or goggles and they are to tight that can cause a prolonged headache.

Secondary Headaches are generally caused by other underlying medical conditions.


Consulting A Doctor

You should consult a doctor when :

  • A headache happens more often than usual
  • They Are more severe than normal
  • If you use an over-the-counter medication and your symptoms don’t get better
  • If it stops you from doing normal activities such as working and sleeping
  • If they Cause you to become distressed and you would like to know how best to treat and to cope with the problem

Treatment Options

With so many types and causes of a headache, there is no 1 treatment available. For example if you suffer from Cluster Headaches you would be offered oxygen therapy or a drug called sumatriptan. There is no cure, all you can do is control the severity of the symptoms.

Tension headaches are usually treated with over the counter medication. Paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen.

Cough headaches may be so bad that they require surgery.

Chronic headaches, can be helped by drinking less caffeine, reducing stress, getting enough sleep and making sure you eat regularly.

Exercise Headaches, can be controlled or prevented by making sure to drink plenty of water before during and after exercise as well as consuming a piece of fruit.

My Final Thoughts

Are you shocked by the amount of different headaches there are? I was as well. We have covered this subject comprehensively and you have hopefully found out a lot of information that you didn’t know before.

Thank you very much for reading this article. If, you have a question or would like to leave a comment you can do so below. If, you know anyone else who would appreciate this then please feel free to share it. I love hearing from you and I will always get back to you

Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.


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This article is intended as advice only. It’s not to replace medical advice. You should always speak to your doctor if you are concerned about any medical condition.

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8 thoughts on “Headaches Causes and Symptoms”

  1. This is a common problem in my household.  My sister has severe chronic migraines that happen often.  I get them from time to time too.  I have never heard of a coughing headache before.  This is a very good post about the different types of headaches and how to treat them.  More people need to know more about this, because those who don’t get them sometimes think the people who get major headaches are exaggerating, or worse yet, they think the person’s headaches are psycho-somatic.  

    • Hello Anthony,

      It seems to be a common problem in my home as well. You are correct a migraine can be very debilitating. Those who don’t suffer have no idea how bad they can get. I appreciate your thoughts and thank you for stopping by.



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