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Headache Causes and Types of Headaches

Headache Causes

When a headache hits, what do you do? There are many headache causes, types and treatments - you need to find information fast to find relief! This website now has over 200 pages of clear, current and free information about headache and migraine. Here are some of the most common headache causes:

Tension headache

About 90% of the headaches out there are tension headaches. Tension headaches are usually caused by the contracting of the layer of muscle around your skull, which in turn can decrease blood flow to your head. That’s why you’ll feel a band of pressure around your head, and that steady pain typical in tension headaches.


Migraine is not just a bad headache. In fact, some people get migraine without any headache at all! The cause of migraine is still a mystery. The research to date seems to indicate that migraine is a neurological disease based on an inherited genetic abnormality.

A cause of migraine symptoms is usually called a "trigger". A trigger is what starts the chain reaction, usually leading to migraine headaches. If you’ve heard much about migraine, you may have heard about various things that happen to the body - serotonin levels, changes in blood vessels - a variety of things happen that cause those terrible symptoms, such as nausea and headache.

Sinus headache

Headache causes, types and treatments can get confusing. Migraine is often misdiagnosed as sinus headache, for example. A sinus headache from sinusitis happens when you get an infection and your sinuses become inflamed. You usually have other symptoms such as congestion, fever and fatigue.

Cluster headache

Clusters are another different type of headache that may not always be a headache. Rarer than migraine, and more painful, clusters usually attack men. The cause of clusters is also somewhat of a mystery. Now research, however, is giving us clues that may crack the cluster code and provide relief. Cluster headaches may be related to the sinuses, the nervous system, and serotonin.

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