What To Know About Headaches

Everyone deals with a headache at some point, but if you find yourself dealing with them a bit more regularly you may be wondering, “what gives?” There are so many things to know about headaches, from what triggers them to ways to treat them. While seeing a doctor may be worth it if you are dealing with severe or recurring headaches, here are some interesting facts to know the next time you deal with a headache.

There are different kinds of headaches

There are several types of headaches that someone can deal with. Most people deal with tension headaches; however, other common headaches include:

  • Hormonal headaches (these are headaches that women are more likely to get around their period)
  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines

Headaches may be primary or secondary

What does this mean? This simply means that primary headaches originate in the head while secondary headaches occur as a result of an underlying condition or something else that’s going on in the body.

Common primary triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Heat
  • Alcohol
  • Certain foods
  • Poor sleep

In most cases, headaches are considered primary; however, secondary headaches may be a sign of:

  • An infection
  • A medical condition
  • Concussion or head injury
  • Blood vessel tear or injury

Some people deal with chronic headaches

Dealing with a headache every once in a while isn’t a big deal, but if you are dealing with headaches regularly then they could become chronic. A chronic migraine causes intense pain that lasts more than four hours and can affect either one or both sides of the head. You must have this problem checked out by a qualified medical professional to find out what’s going on.

Your current medication could be to blame

Some people don’t realize that if they take ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain medications a couple of times a week that their headaches could be rebound headaches. This can also happen once a person stops taking pain medication altogether. It’s important to talk with your general doctor if you are concerned about rebound headaches.

If you feel concerned or worried about your headaches, that’s enough of a reason to speak with a qualified doctor. Sometimes headaches are merely caused by lifestyle or certain habits, but sometimes something more serious may be at the root of the problem, and it’s important to find out so you can treat the underlying cause.

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