Headache: When to worry, what to do - Harvard Health

The Headache Clinic offers a wide range of comprehensive care including screening, diagnosis and treatments. Our multidisciplinary team consists of highly experienced and well-trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists, nurses, clinical pharmacists and dieticians who are specialized in headache care as well as other specialists in all subspecialties. Supported by cutting edge technology in advanced neurological diagnostics and treatments, our broad spectrum of comprehensive services cover preventive program, accurate and timely diagnosis and effective treatment. Our ultimate aims are to treat individual patients at the origin of their diseases and reduce risks of recurrence. Patients can rest assured that they always receive appropriate treatments while taking into a great consideration of patient’s needs and quality of life.

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its implications have become a major neurological problem for patients to seek medical attention. Headache is described as pain in any region of the head including neck and face. It is commonly found in both male and female, with all age groups. Headache may occur on one or both sides of the head or radiate across the head from one point. It can also be isolated to a certain location. The severity of headache depends on the types and pain characteristics. A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly and may last from less than an hour to several days.Can be categorized into two major types as follows:


A primary headache is caused by problems with pain-sensitive structures in the head. A primary is not a symptom coming from an underlying disease. Chemical activity in the brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding the skull, or the muscles of head and neck can play a role in primary headaches. Radiological imaging tests and laboratory tests might not show any abnormalities. The most common primary headaches are

  • Migraine; with and without aura
  • Tension headache
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC) headaches such as cluster headach

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