We’ve all experienced different types of headaches; some that could be stopped by over-the-counter medication and some that leave you no choice than to go to the hospital.
Chronic daily headaches, which include tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches among others refers to when you have a headache for 15 days or more per month. What are the causes? Read more to find out.
Tension headaches happen when the muscles of the neck and scalp tense up, and this can be a physical response that your body has to stress and anxiety.
With any kind of headache, a person needs to look at their health habits. One important thing to look at is water intake, as dehydration can cause headaches. The exact connection is unknown, but experts believe it has to do with the way blood volume drops when you’re not getting enough water. Lower blood volume means less oxygen is getting to the brain.
Anemia is a condition where you lack enough red blood cells to properly transport oxygen to tissues throughout your body. It can bring on symptoms including fatigue, feeling weak, shortness of breath, and others. More severe anemia can cause headache.
4. Hormonal issues like menstruation
Thanks to the drop in estrogen right before menstruation, many people experience PMS-related headaches. In fact, menstruation is one of the biggest migraine triggers for people who have periods but it’s not the only time a change in estrogen levels can cause a headache. Both perimenopause and postpartum periods are marked by a significant drop in estrogen, and as a result, often come with headaches. Pregnancy, too, affects estrogen levels, so you may notice that your headaches worsen (or disappear in some cases) during this time.
5. Too much caffeine
Caffeine causes vasoconstriction in your blood vessels, meaning they get a little narrower. If you drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks every day, your body gets used to it, Dr. Hutchinson explains. So when you skip it one day, your blood vessels don’t become constricted and can make your head hurt. It becomes a vicious cycle, slugging back a mug to find relief, and just further deepening your need for caffeine.
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