Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What are some of the most common causes of headaches?

Dr. Nicholas Davis discusses the most common causes of headaches. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are some of the most common causes of headaches?

The most common causes of headaches can be anything from migraines to sinus problems and allergy problems, to stress. You know, there are so many causes of headaches that it can be challenging as a physician to help with that or as a provider to help with that. A lot of times we are really focused on taking a good history.


There are a variety of headache types, each with different triggers that cause the headache, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Some of the most common headache types and their causes include, according to the NIH, including:

  • inflammatory headaches – caused by health issues that can range from sinus infections to strokes
  • migraines – usually triggered by a combination of things that could include bright lights, lack of sleep, lack of food, alcohol, weather changes, caffeine withdrawal, aspartame, and eating foods that contain MSG, nitrates or tyramine
  • tension headaches – stressful events in your life can cause these headaches
  • toxic headaches – these are the second most common type of headache and happen when someone has a fever from a disease

Talk to your doctor for more information about common causes of headaches.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine