There are various types of headaches, each with its own cause and characteristics.
Sometimes more than one type of headache can occur at the same time, which can make an accurate diagnosis difficult.
It is essential that headaches are properly diagnosed. Especially if experiencing a new type of headache, which comes on quickly, may be associated with other symptoms, and is not settling within a reasonable period of time.
More gradual onset headaches, which are less severe and may fluctuate in intensity, could be less serious but still need to be assessed and treated early.
Beware of relying only on painkillers. Research has shown that over time painkillers can become less effective and might even start causing headaches, the so-called ‘re-bound headache’. If in doubt, get it checked out.