A headache today, again? It’s better to think before popping that pill.
Chronic headaches are one of the most common issues that people face at this time, given the hectic schedules we adhere to and the unhealthy lifestyles we follow. Age is no bar for these chronic headaches to set in; from kids in primary school to grown adults, everyone often faces this problem. While it is a common issue, it is still overlooked easily due to its constant presence in our life. We all have minor headaches for the smallest of things and that’s why we always brush a headache away.
However, if you deal with these daily, it’s time to stop doing that and get it tested. Until then, keep reading to know more about five common reasons why you might have chronic headaches:
1. Your Sinuses Might Be Getting Worse
If you already know you have a sinus problem, this won’t come as a surprise to you that your sinuses are taking a turn for the worst. However, if you aren’t, then there is a high chance that your constant headaches are due to a building sinus problem. You will feel a sharp and continuous pain in your forehead, the bridge of your nose, your cheekbones, and the sides of your head. The pain is accompanied by a runny nose, stuffiness in the ears, running a fever, dry throat, and a swollen face.
This happens when the sinuses in your head get inflamed. A sinus headache is caused by a sinus infection that results in green or yellow or a mix of both discharges from your nose, unlike the clear discharge in other kinds of headaches. There is sinus medication available, so it is a treatable problem; however, it is bound to occur again.
2. It’s in Your Genes
Many people have complained of chronic migraines as a hereditary problem. While there remain immense amounts of research required to zone into a particular gene that carries this problem from generation to generation, statistical data worldwide suggests that chronic migraines can indeed be hereditary.
The chances for you inheriting this unfortunate gene varies and depends on the parents entirely. If both parents have chronic migraines, it is more likely that the offspring has the gene too.
3. Hormone Headaches
Hormone headaches occur when there is an imbalance in your hormone levels for natural or unnatural reasons. The changes can be in the levels of hormones, such as serotonin and estrogen, to which the brain is extremely sensitive. The fluctuations in the levels of these hormones cause extreme headaches in many. When the levels of these hormones fluctuate, a headache can occur.
These headaches most commonly occur during pregnancies or menopause.
4. Spinal Blockage
These headaches are caused if your spinal fluid leaks after a medical procedure such as an epidural, a spinal block, etc. These headaches can be treated easily.
5. Stiffness in Your Neck and Shoulders
If your spine, neck, and shoulders are stiff due to exercise, long hours of stagnant work, or sudden exertion, it might lead to headaches. The blood vessels in your brain don’t get enough blood due to the stress, leading to less oxygen in your head. A visit to the chiropractor for these headaches can help as they help reduce the stiffness and soreness in the affected area, thus, increasing your blood flow towards your brain.
Often people don’t realize that a chiropractor MD can solve their chronic headaches too because they are mainly associated with treatment for the rest of the body. So, next time you suffer from headaches for more than a few days, consult a specialist.
*Photos by Pavel Danilyuk