Neuroscience Institute


Allegheny Health Network has a team of expert neurologists who diagnose and manage the entire spectrum of headache disorders including migraine, mixed headache syndrome, cluster headache, and secondary headache disorders.

Over 150 headache specific disorders have been described by the International Headache Society and have been primarily divided into primary and secondary headache disorders.

Primary headache disorders include:

  • Tension headache - The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches are due to tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. They are often related to stress, depression or anxiety. You are more likely to get tension headaches if you work too much, don't get enough sleep, miss meals or use alcohol.
  • Migraine - Over 28 million adults suffer from migraine, the majority of whom are women. Chronic recurring headaches can be severely debilitating and compromise both work and school performance.
  • Mixed headache syndrome - This syndrome is characterized by mixed tension type and migraine headaches.
  • Cluster headache - Cluster headaches are a common form of chronic headaches, where pain is one-sided and may cause tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose.


Secondary headache disorders include:

  • Sinus headache
  • Hormone headache
  • Chronic progressive headache


Learn more about Headache in our Health Library.

Find out more about this specialty at a location near you.

To be referred to a headache specialist in the Pittsburgh area, call 412.DOCTORS (362.8677).

To be referred to a headache specialist in the Erie area, call 814-452-SVMG (7864)


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