Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

What other conditions have a side effect of headaches?

Dr. Richard Kim discusses conditions where headache is a side effect. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What other conditions have a side effect of headaches?

That's a hard question. There are over 300 different types of causes of headache, and the majority are what we call secondary headaches, meaning some other illness or disorder causes the headache. And so examples of secondary headaches can be headaches due to a fever or some other infectious cause or illness, could be brain tumors, could be disorders of the blood vessels, arteries, and veins of the head. Metabolic disorders, thyroid disorders are linked. Anemia can cause headaches. Kidney disease is associated with headaches. So there are a large variety of secondary disorders that are associated with a headache.

 

That's a hard question. There are more than 300 different types of causes of headache. Most headaches are what we call secondary headaches, meaning some other illness or disorder causes the headache. Examples of secondary headaches are those caused by fever, an infectious cause or illness or brain tumor. Headaches can also be a side effect of blood vessel disorders, especially with the arteries and veins of the head. Metabolic disorders and thyroid disorders are linked to headaches. Anemia and kidney disease can cause headaches, too.

    Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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