Headache or Migraine

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Article by John Miller

What's Causing Your Headache or Migraine?

As a headache or migraine sufferer, you'll know how disruptive and inconvenient a severe headache or migraine attack can be. Not only does it impact on you, but also your immediate family and friends.


There are thought to be over 300 causes of headaches and migraine. 

Luckily, most fall into three categories:

Historically any headache that was of a "throbbing" nature was thought to involve the blood vessels within the head was thought to be a "migraine". A headache that was "not throbbing" was labeled a "tension-type headache", despite there being no evidence of increased tension in the muscles of the scalp or forehead.

Research has demonstrated that cervicogenic headaches are at least as common as migraine and tension-type headaches.*

* Nilsson N.  The prevalence of cervicogenic headache in a random population sample of 20 to 59 year-olds.  Spine 1995;20:1884-1888 

Can Different Headache / Migraine Types Co-Exist?


Yes! You can simultaneously suffer one, two or more types or headache/migraine. One type may cause another. For example, a painful neck can cause an increase in muscular tension, which will increase your blood pressure. In this scenario, you would be suffering a cervicogenic headache + tension headache + migraine!

In our experience finding the primary source of your headache/migraine is the key to successful management.

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    Last updated 11-Oct-2016 02:20 PM

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