Headaches are when there is pain anywhere in the head, or even in the neck area. It is one of the possibilities to show up amongst endometriosis symptoms, however, many other conditions can also lead to it. Another name used for a headache is cephalgia, with ceph referring to "head" and algia meaning "pain."
When a person has a headache, then at least one symptom is involved: pain. Others may also be present, and may vary depending upon what is the medical cause of the pain, as well as other factors. Even the pain that is present can show up in different ways.
Many things can be underlying medical reasons for a headache. Some causes are transient and generally harmless, while others may be medical emergencies or issues that can threaten the patient's life. Overall, there are more than two hundred known reasons for this kind of pain to occur. A migraine is a common reason, as are reasons behind tension headaches, such as withdrawal from caffeine, bad posture, sleep deprivation, etc. These two kinds are considered to be primary headaches, while there are others that are secondary -- that is, they are brought on by various conditions. Some examples in this category include those brought on by cancer, meningitis, acute closure glaucoma, encephalitis, and painkiller overuse. These are only several possibilities.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The most common form of headaches is that of a primary nature, which is considered to be self-limiting and not serious in a medical sense. However, since in some cases they can be due to serious medical conditions, it may be worth checking the situation out in certain cases. Please do not use this website in place of professional advice, as it is not intended to be used in that way. Don't avoid seeing a doctor or other qualified person based upon what you read here. Additionally, don't base what treatments you use or don't use based upon information from here.
In some cases, a CT scan is used to try to get a diagnosis of what is behind the pain. As for treatment, in the case of an acute, non-serious headache, analgesics (painkillers) may be sufficient for relief. Chronic headaches, as well as those brought on by medical conditions, may require various treatments. Any underlying issue might need to be treated, as well.
Other endometriosis symptoms can be read about through the main page.