Understanding Headache Classifications

​Many types and etiologies of headache and facial pain afflict our patients, and sorting through them can be a challenge. Craniofacial experts themselves, in fact, do not attempt to remember the subtle differences between the various conditions causing craniofacial pain, but instead refer to the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3). (https://www.ichd-3.org/.)The ICHD-3 can help the clinician manage patients presenting with headache as their chief complaint. An international panel of headache experts oversee the classification, which is currently published in a beta format so mistakes can be identified and corrected.Therapeutic management varies significantly depending on the actual type of headache, and a more precise diagnosis makes a difference in treatment success. Gaining maximal diagnostic competence improves our therapeutic accuracy and affects the lives of our patients.This important classification currently has three main sections: primary headaches, secondary headaches, and painful cranial neuropathies, other facial pains, and other headaches. A primary headache has no other etiology, and includes migraines, tension headaches, and the lesser-known headaches such as the paroxysmal hemicrania, hemicrania continua, cluster headache, short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headaches, and primary stabbing, primary thunderclap, nummular, hypnic, and new daily persistent headaches.A secondary headache comes from another underlying...
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