10 Things You Need To Know About Headaches

1-The most common cause of headache is tension/stress (tension headache)

Also called chronic daily headaches or chronic non-progressive headaches, tension headache is the most common type of headache among adults and adolescents. It accounts for nearly 90% of all headaches. The pain can radiate from the lower back of the head, the neck, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body. Tension-type headaches may be caused by muscle tension around the head and neck or teeth clenching which causes a chronic contraction of the temporalis muscle (a muscle in your temple region).Being caused by tension/stress, it is typically seen in the evening when the patient is exhausted and almost never seen when he/she awakes from a sound and peaceful sleep. Therefore, relaxing, taking a nap, or talking to your friend can relieve this type of pain. Now you know why your friends are so important for you.

2-Check out your glasses

HeadachesA very common underlying causative factor of chronic headache is uncorrected /partially corrected visual problems. Eye strain in such patients can cause very severe headache.

3-Headache associated with tenderness in the scalp and temple areas are as might damage your eyes

A condition called temporal arteritis can produce such type of symptoms. It is the inflammation of a blood vessel which supplies parts of the human eye along with other structures. Inflammation of this blood vessel can cause cessation of blood supply to these areas which may result in blindness. This condition is a medical emergency. So, such symptoms should never be ignored.

4-Your headache might need a dentist

Pain originating from the teeth can refer to the scalp area. So, a patient can have a headache with teeth problems.

5-Your headache might need an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist

Pain originating from the ear, nasal sinuses and throat can also refer to the scalp and cause headache. So, patients with diseases of ear, nose especially para nasal sinuses and throat can have headaches.

6-Morning headache can be relieved by taking an evening snack

Morning headache can be caused by low blood glucose levels. Therefore, having a bed time snack containing carbohydrates and proteins can prevent it by maintaining a good blood glucose level for a long time. So, listen to your mom and never miss your lunch.

7-Thunderclap headache is always alarming

Thunderclap headache means very severe headaches, often described by patients as the  most severe headache ever experienced in life. It is seen in a brain disease known as subarachnoid hemorrhage and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

8-Progressively worsening headache with other symptoms is dangerous

A headache which is associated with the underlying brain disease is progressive, associated with vomiting, visual disturbances, a weakness in an arm and/or leg, speech problems, personality changes, or epileptic fits.

9-Chinese food can give you a headache (Chinese restaurant syndrome)

This is an interesting type of headache. It is experienced after visiting a Chinese restaurant. It is caused by chemicals present in the foods served in these restaurants especially wonton soup. Sensitive individuals develop headaches after taking such foods. Symptoms include sensations of pressure and tightness in the face, burning over the trunk, neck and shoulders, pressing pain in the chest, coming on 20-25 minutes after eating Chinese food and lasting for an hour. You need to avoid such foods if you are sensitive to these.

10-Medication may make a headache worse

Experts are warning about a new kind of headache that is becoming increasingly more common, especially among severe headache sufferers. They’re called Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH) also referred to as rebound headaches and involve a vicious cycle of pain. If you take medication for headaches and the medication is followed by more headaches, you may be dealing with MOH. If you believe you’re suffering from these types of headaches, seek out a health care provider who specializes in this area, which is still new to many doctors. Treatment methods vary depending on the patient and   the severity of the headaches.

Dr. Lisa MD, Readers Bureau, Contributor

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