Headaches are very common. Everyone has experienced a headache at one point or other in their lives but if you are experiencing more frequent or more severe headaches, you should seek medical advice to exclude anything serious and learn how to manage your condition.
Some serious causes of persistent headaches that need to be excluded include inflammation in the blood vessels in the brain, stroke, infections, tumours, traumatic brain injury and changes in intracranial pressure. Once these have been excluded, a careful history and examination would often indicate the type of headache and the most appropriate management.
Some common types of headaches are outlined below. Patients may experience more than one type of headache.