“Headache is a very common thing,” says Dr. Heidi Nicola, who added she has seen a multitude of patients for headaches.
But not all headaches are created equal and some can be a sign of something more serious. We talked to Nicola, an internal medicine specialist with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, for more information. Here is an edited transcript of our interview.
Q: What are some common causes for headaches?
A: For me, when I think of headaches, I think about headaches as two main causes — the headache that is the symptom and the headache that is the diagnosis.
Tension headache, migraine headache, cluster headache and over-medication headache are the four most common types of headaches. When the headache is a symptom it might be more dangerous (it could be a brain bleed or a tumor in the brain) and it has different characteristics.
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