If you’re the kind of person who’s always suffering from headaches, then you’ll know just how crippling they can be. From mild tension headaches to serious migraines, no one likes having a headache. However, despite the fact that almost everyone has had a headache at some time in their lives, not much is known about the root causes of many of them.
So if you’ve been endlessly downing pints of water in a bid to get rid of your latest thumping headache, you might want to check out the following list in order to make sure the pain isn’t a sign of some other underlying condition.
Blocked sinuses caused from allergies can often contribute to throbbing facial headaches. Luckily, most mild to moderate allergies can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. If this doesn’t work, consult your doctor.
It’s not just allergies that can cause sinus headaches. Anything from having a cold to suffering from the less common sinusitis can be the cause. The sinuses are small air spaces in the skull, found behind the nose, eyes and cheeks. When the nose becomes infected, the infection can spread to the sinuses and cause them to become swollen, often resulting in a headache.
In order to combat them, try to practice relaxation techniques, including taking a break from whatever’s making you feel stressed.
If your headaches are extremely painful and accompanied by eye watering, nasal congestion, and swelling around the eye, you could be suffering from a cluster headache. A cluster headache is defined as a neurological disorder, and their real cause has not been identified. Recommended treatments for cluster attacks include oxygen or a fast acting triptan.
5. Caffeine withdrawal
For some bonafide caffeine addicts, withdrawal can result in jitters, nausea, and a dull headache. A caffeine headache usually starts behind the eyes and then moves up the front of the head. If you want to avoid this, try weaning yourself off caffeine more gradually.
Migraines are a well known, but little understood, type of severe headache. They can be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, bright lights, stress, and even aged cheese. They can often be managed with medication, so it’s worth checking with your doctor.
If you notice a headache coming on whenever you’ve been staring at a computer screen for a long time or sitting in one position for more than a few hours, you’re probably suffering from a tension headache. Tension headaches account for 90 per cent of all headaches, and can be eased by getting up, moving about, and taking regular breaks. Drinking plenty of water is also important.
8. Temporomandibular Joint
Temporomandibular joint disorder, causes a specific type of jaw pain that may be mistaken for recurring tension headaches. If you think you may have TJD, check for symptoms including clicking sounds when moving the jaw, difficulty chewing or biting, ear ache, and a “grating” feeling when chewing. If you have one or more of these symptoms coupled with headaches, get yourself checked out at the doctors.
9. Digestive issues
There’s a growing body of evidence which points to digestive and gut flora issues as a cause of headaches. If you’ve been suffering from unknown headaches, it might be worth trying to cut gluten, dairy, or meat out of your diet and see if it helps things.
So there you have it. The next time you’re suffering from a bad case of the headaches, take a second to carefully consider your symptoms. And if you’re worried that something’s amiss, it’s always best to go get it checked out with your local doctor, just to be on the safe side.