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Primary benign headaches are medical conditions in their own right.
You can find further information on the various forms of benign headaches listed below.
Headaches caused by other medical problems are know as secondary headaches. Secondary headaches may be caused by a variety of medical conditions. Some of these can be serious but most are benign.
We recommend you consult your doctor if any of the following situations apply to you:
- You have a stiff neck and/or fever in addition to a headache.
- Your headache is accompanied by shortness of breath and/or symptoms affecting your eyes, ears, nose or throat.
- You are dizzy, drowsy, unsteady, have slurred speech, weakness, numbness or tingling in addition to your headache.
- Your headache is accompanied by a rash.
- You have long lasting or repetitive aura symptoms.
- Your headaches are triggered by coughing or sneezing.
- You headache begins and persists after a head injury.
- Your headache keeps getting worse and won’t go away.
- Your headaches have changed in character.
- Persistent and/ or severe vomiting accompanies your headache.
- You have experienced your first and/or worst headache.
- Your headaches began after the age of 40.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that even when these symptoms are present, most people do not have a serious underlying cause for their headaches.