headache

Medical Author:
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Medical Editor:
Jay W. Marks, MD

Headache facts

The head is one of the most common sites of pain in the body.
The most common types of headache can be classified as 1) primary, 2) secondary, and 3) cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches.
The most common types of primary headaches are 1) tension, 2) migraine, and 3) cluster.
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache and usually are treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications for pain.
Secondary headaches are a symptom of an injury or an underlying illness.
Patients should seek medical care for new onset headaches, fever, stiff neck, change in behavior, vomiting, weakness, or change in sensation.

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