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Causes of Headache

List of causes of Headache

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

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Causes of Headache (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Headache that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Headache: Related Medical Conditions

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

Headache: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Headache: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Headache:

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

Headache as a complication of other conditions:

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

Headache as a symptom:

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

Medications or substances causing Headache:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Headache as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Amphetamines - these can cause headaches
  • Caffeine - headaches from withdrawal of caffeine
  • Ergotamine tartrate - can cause headaches when getting off this anti-migraine medication.
  • Sodium nitrite - a food additive in hots dogs and processed meats.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - a food additive that can cause headaches, common in Chinese food.
  • more drugs...»

Drug interactions causing Headache:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Headache as a symptom.

The list below is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Phenelzine and tricyclic antidepressant interaction
  • Nardil and tricyclic antidepressant interaction
  • Parnate and tricyclic antidepressant interaction
  • Helidac and alcohol interaction
  • Metronidazole and alcohol interaction
  • more interactions...»

What causes Headache?

Article excerpts about the causes of 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)

What triggers Headache?

The following conditions are listed as possible triggers for Headache:

Medical news summaries relating to Headache:

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Related information on causes of Headache:

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

 

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