Primary and Secondary Headaches

There are two main types of headaches, namely primary and secondary. A primary headache has no other underlying condition or illness that causes it. It is just a headache. However a secondary headache is caused by illnesses, trauma, or brain disorders. Although both primary and secondary headaches can be equally excruciating, secondary headaches can be fatal.

There are a number of conditions that could cause secondary headaches including bacterial or viral meningitis, strokes, brain infections, tumours or haemorrhages. According to a study published in Cephalalgia the International Journal of Headache, headaches are one of the first symptoms prevalent in 47.6% of patients with brain tumours.

In light of this it is plain to see why anyone suffering a sudden onset of headache or persistent headaches should take these warning signs seriously and identify the specific factors behind the recurring headache and rule out any potentially fatal conditions.

Should you be concerned that you are suffering from secondary headache you can register a new patient profile below.

Patient registration and submission of medical data onto the M-R-I system is FREE. Once you are logged in please complete and submit the online Migraine Information and Medical Data Form and we will contact you shortly thereafter.

Register New M-R-I Patient Profile

For further reading see our post on Migraine versus Meningitis as well as an interesting paper discussing the essence of migraine pain Migraine – Blood vessels or Brain.


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