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Headaches & migraines in adults

About headaches

Headaches are very common in people of all ages. In fact, headaches are one of the most common conditions that GPs see. Headaches and migraines can cause a lot of pain and distress. But most of them are not caused by serious conditions or diseases.

What can I do if I get headaches or migraines?

If you are worried about your headaches or migraines, make an appointment with your GP. It's important to get urgent medical help if you have any of the following symptoms:

It's also important to get urgent medical help if:

Your GP might suggest that you see a physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will check if neck, muscle, jaw or breathing problems are causing your headaches.

Read the links below to learn about different types of headache and headache triggers. The links also tell you how to describe headaches, and how to help yourself if you have a headache or a migraine.

It can be useful to keep a diary of your headaches. Record the type, duration, frequency, and if you needed painkillers.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2015.

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Persistent pain (chronic pain)

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