Headaches- When and When Not to Worry

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Almost all the readers here might have had headaches, a minor one the least, and at least once before you’ve read through this blog. It’s one of the most irritating feelings, and frankly, a headache can spoil your day, or your sleep.

Is headache something to be worried about? In most cases, the answer is “no”, but “yes” in very unlikely cases. Let’s do a brief look through on it, starting with the causes.

The feeling of pain is received by the brain through almost all parts of the body, with the exception of the brain itself (brain doesn’t have the nerves that signals pain within), and the skull. The reason for headaches is, as a matter of fact, unknown. However, it is said that the blood vessels in the head and the neck transmit the pain to the brain, which translates to headaches. Also, headaches can also be a secondary product of your toothache or facial muscles, or even your ears or nose.

Here are some regular causes for headaches:

  • Mental or physical stress 
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Physical exhaustion or tiredness
  • Withdrawal from caffeine or other substances
  • Changes in the weather
  • Alcohol consumption or certain food and beverages
  • Stoppage of certain medications abruptly
  • Dehydration

However, these common factors are simply the possible linking causes, and not necessarily the direct reasons for your headache. Headaches caused or linked with these, in most cases, can be easily treated.

But not always can you treat your headaches lightly. You are always advised to visit the qualified medicos if you have a hunch to, and/or if you experience the following:

  • A sharp and severe headache that shoots up abruptly (usually occurs within a few seconds or minutes)
  • A headache that is dynamic, i.e, changes with your position. For instance, headache getting intense when you bend forward
  • A headache when coughing or sneezing
  • Constant and consistent headache
  • Experiencing cognitive or behavioural changes along with the headache
  • Others- numbness, tingling, loss of sensation, difficulty in speaking or similar issues accompanying the headache

A headache can, in all fairness, be caused by a simple toothache, to a much more complex brain tumour, or concussion. So it’s always advised to have a check with the qualified doctors, especially if you have any reasons to worry about.

Disclaimer: The information included in this blog/website is only for information/research, with inputs from several resources, and is not intended or expected to be a substitute for any form of medical treatment. My Med Stores advises and encourages the reader to consult a qualified physician/experts to determine the treatment procedures and to verify the relevance and appropriateness of the subject mentioned.

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