Do You Have Frequent Headaches?
Updated: Feb 11
The majority of people suffer from headaches from time to time. However, if you get a headache on a regular basis, you may have chronic daily headaches. Chronic everyday headaches involve a multitude of headache subtypes rather than a single headache type. The term chronic relates to how frequently headaches occur and how long they remain. Chronic daily headaches are one of the most debilitating headache syndromes due to their consistency. Initial aggressive treatment and consistent, long-term maintenance may help to minimize pain and headaches. Chronic daily headaches are defined as those that last for more than three months and occur 15 days or more per month. Chronic everyday headaches that are true (primary) aren't caused by an underlying pathology inside the body. There are two types of persistent daily headaches: short-term and long-term. Headaches that last more than four hours are known as long-term headaches. Migraines, Tension-type headaches, and Cluster headaches are some examples of primary headaches. Occasional headaches are frequent and normally do not necessitate medical treatment. Consult your doctor if you experience two or more headaches per week, you need to take a pain reliever most days, and require more than the suggested dose of over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve your headaches, your headache pattern changes, or your headaches intensify, or if your headaches are incapacitating. The exact reason for chronic primary headaches is not yet completely proven. There are multiple theories that are under investigation but the most widely accepted is the release of chemical mediators due to some underlying stress that causes the blood vessels inside the brain to dilate and this stretch results in pain. Below are few lifestyle modifications that can be helpful if you suffering from chronic daily headaches: Stay away from headache-inducing substances. Keeping a headache journal will help you figure out what causes your headaches so you can avoid them. Include information on when the headache began, what you were doing at the time, and how long it lasted for each headache. Excessive pharmaceutical use should be avoided. Taking headache treatments more than twice a week, including over-the-counter medications, can make your headaches worse and more frequent. Consult your doctor about how to wean yourself off the medicine, as inappropriate dosing can result in serious adverse effects.
Make sure you get enough rest. Lack of adequate rest is one of the most important causes for headaches. An adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Every day, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time. If you're having trouble sleeping, such as snoring, see your doctor. Don't forget to eat your meals. Eat healthful meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Avoid foods or beverages that seem to cause headaches, such as those containing caffeine. If you're overweight, you should lose weight. Exercise on a regular basis. Regular aerobic physical activity can help you feel better both physically and mentally, as well as reduce stress. Choose activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, with your doctor's permission. Start gently to avoid injury. Reduce your stress levels. Chronic headaches are frequently triggered by stress. Organize yourself. Reduce the number of things on your to-do list. Make preparations ahead of time. Maintain an optimistic attitude. Try stress-relieving exercises like yoga, tai chi, or meditation.
Caffeine consumption should be reduced. Caffeine is included in some headache treatments because it can help with pain relief, but it can also intensify headaches.
It is very important to differentiate these headaches from non primary headaches. Inflammation or other problems with the blood vessels in and around the brain, stroke, infections(meningitis) and any conditions that affect intracranial pressure are all possible causes of non-primary chronic daily headaches. Most of these non primary headaches need medical attention and can be completely cured if the right treatment is started.
If your headache is sudden and severe, seek medical help right away. This might be a sign of something serious which requires urgent intervention. Headaches associated with fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking are all symptoms that need immediate attention.
A headache following a concussion or injury to the head may be a sign of bleeding inside the head. Many times a long standing or slow growing tumor inside the head may simply present a headache for a long time before showing other signs.
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