What to do when your head starts to hurt? Well, it really depends on what kind of hurt it is. There are many reasons why your head could be hurting. You could have bumped into something hard or you could be suffering a migraine. To know what to do, you have to know what the possible causes are that caused your head to hurt. Take a look at a short list of possible causes below:
– This type of headache is causes by over-activity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head. Take note that this is not usually a symptom of an underlying disease. No, you do not have brain tumor.
Chemical activity in your brain or the blood vessels around it could be causing the headache. Could also be genetic
Examples: Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster Headache
But there could also be primary headaches that are distinct when it comes to duration and pain. These could be a signal of an underlying disease so you have to pay attention. Are you having Chronic Daily Headaches? Chronic means that the headache has been persistent for a long period of time. Do you have a headache related to cough, exercise, and sex?
But that’s not all, primary headaches can be triggered by alcohol (specifically red wine), processed meats that contain nitrates, changes in your sleeping pattern or a lack of sleep, poor posture, skipped meals, and stress.
Personally, I suffer from migraine related to my menstrual period. It’s hereditary so it doesn’t alarm me even if I’ve been experiencing it for years now. It usually starts slowly two days before my period will arrive, but it will be strongest on the night before my period will arrive.
It would be great if you pay attention to your headaches because they are usually telling something about the current state of your body. When you have an idea what could be causing your headache, it will be a lot easier to find an intervention to make it go away.
I also get light headaches whenever I skip meals or when I don’t drink enough water. Once I have eaten or hydrated myself, the headache usually disappears.
So if you have gotten a headache out of nowhere, stop and look at what you have been doing. Have you eaten? Go and have a meal. Have you been drinking water? Drink some water. How was your sleep last night? Maybe you should get a twenty minute power nap. Are you stressed out? Take a quick break and relax.
How to identify Cluster Headache?
I don’t think I’ve ever had cluster headache. This is described as one of the most painful types of headache. Yikes! It even awakens you at night because of the intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head. Don’t worry, getting cluster headaches are a rare occurrence and is not life-threatening. You will need to watch out for: Excruciating pain usually around one year but may also radiate to your face, neck, shoulder, etc., one sided pain, restlessness, excessive tearing, redness in your eye on the affected side, stuffy nasal passage, pallor, swelling around your eye or affected side, and a drooping eyelid.
Seek a doctor so he or she can give you medication.
Most people with cluster headache avoid alcohol since it seems to worsen the pain.
How to identify Migraines?
A migraine is one of the most common type of headache. If you have a migraine, there will usually be a throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head, and it also comes with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
The pain could last for hours or days.
Usually a migraine is triggered by hormone changes in women, food that you eat (salty food, processed food, skipping meals, etc), food additives like aspartame and MSG, drinks (wine and highly caffeinated drinks, stress, bright lights or glares, changes in sleep pattern, physical factors, changes in environment, and even medications such as oral contraceptives and vasodilators.
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