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Causes of Chronic headache

List of causes of Chronic headache

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Chronic headache) that could possibly cause Chronic headache includes:

Chronic headache: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Chronic headache, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Chronic headache:

Chronic headache: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Chronic headache: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Chronic headache:

Causes of Broader Categories of Chronic headache: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Chronic headache as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Chronic headache as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Chronic headache. Our database lists the following as having Chronic headache as a complication of that condition:

Chronic headache as a symptom:

Conditions listing Chronic headache as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Chronic headache. Our database lists the following as having Chronic headache as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Chronic headache?

Article excerpts about the causes of Chronic headache:
What hurts when you have a headache? The bones of the skull and tissues of the brain itself never hurt, because they lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers. Several areas of the head can hurt, including a network of nerves which extends over the scalp and certain nerves in the face, mouth, and throat. Also sensitive to pain, because they contain delicate nerve fibers, are the muscles of the head and blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain.

The ends of these pain-sensitive nerves, called nociceptors, can be stimulated by stress, muscular tension, dilated blood vessels, and other triggers of headache. Once stimulated, a nociceptor sends a message up the length of the nerve fiber to the nerve cells in the brain, signaling that a part of the body hurts. The message is determined by the location of the nociceptor. A person who suddenly realizes "My toe hurts," is responding to nociceptors in the foot that have been stimulated by the stubbing of a toe.

A number of chemicals help transmit pain-related information to the brain. Some of these chemicals are natural painkilling proteins called endorphins, Greek for "the morphine within." One theory suggests that people who suffer from severe headache and other types of chronic pain have lower levels of endorphins than people who are generally pain free. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Related information on causes of Chronic headache:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Chronic headache may be found in:


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