Primary and Secondary Headache Disorders and Their Diagnosis

At Miami Headache Institute we are committed to expert headache diagnosis, which enables us to provide the most effective treatment. Our medical professionals take the time to carefully explore the condition of each headache patient so we can make sure we are properly diagnosing the root cause of their condition. There is no other medical facility in South Florida that can compare with our migraine diagnosis experience.

In the United States, primary and secondary headaches are among the top reasons for doctor’s office visits, while migraines are the leading type of headache among patients seeking emergency room or medical office care. A headache is a symptom that can have many different causes from tension and viruses to tumors or disease.

Nearly one in four American households have a member suffering from migraines. That is approximately 28 million people in this country alone. That translates to 18% of the female population and 6% of the male who suffer migraines. In 1988 the International Headache Society (IHS) categorized headaches into two basic types. Primary headache disorders include migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches and headaches associated with exertion, colds and other benign conditions and activities. Secondary headaches are caused by evolving disorders like brain tumors, aneurysms, head trauma and brain hemorrhaging or inflammation.

Primary Headache Disorders

  1. Tension Headaches
  2. Migraines
  3. Cluster Headaches
  4. Cold Induced Headaches
  5. Headaches associated with sexual activity
  6. Cough and sneezing headaches
  7. Exertion headaches

Secondary Headache Disorders

  1. Brain Tumor or Abscess
  2. Brain Hemorrhage
  3. Brain Inflammation
  4. Intracranial Pressure
  5. Aneurysm
  6. Arteriovenous Malformation
  7. Head trauma, and hematoma
  8. Meningitis or encephalitis
  9. Cerebrovascular disease
  10. Neuralgias
  11. Sinusitis

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