Secondary Headaches


The first job of a headache specialist is to determine if your headache is due to some underlying medical problem. This can range anywhere form sinus problems, all the way to a brain tumor causing your headaches. Fortunately, majority of the headaches are primary, and only a small minority of patients have headache due to some serious medical problem.

It is important to remember that majority of the secondary headaches have a benign, non-life-threatening cause.

Benign medical conditions causing secondary headaches

  • Allergies
  • Sinus problems
  • Eyestrain
  • Vision problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
  • Post-traumatic headaches
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Cervical spine degenerative disc disease
  • Medications
  • Post-spinal tap

What is more important is to determine if you have a more serious condition causing your headache.  These life-threatening conditions can be….well, life threatening. I don’t expect you to diagnose the cause of your secondary headache, however, I do expect you to recognize when your headache is unusual, and seek immediate medical attention.


Premier Neurology Medical Group
415 N Crescent Dr. , Suite 110
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-382-1056
Fax: 310 432 2887

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