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Frequent Head aches.

By August 31, 2010 - 9:21am
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I am 25 year old female. I frequently get headache and the following are my symptoms:
Headache (not in any particular area), nausea and vomiting sensation, tiredness, etc.

I have also noticed the trigger for the head ache. It usually occurs after a day on washing my hair. Also, it gets aggravated when there is even little noise/sound or when the lights are on. I usually prefer a dark and silent place and sleep off. Sometimes it goes away the next day morning or continues for some more hours also.

In general my head ache lasts for 6-12 hrs. I have not visited any doctor for this till now. Moreover i have not taken any tablets for head ache.

Could you please let me know what could be the reason for this?

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Hi empowher,
I'm sorry you are having to deal with migraine headaches. As someone who also gets bad headaches now-and-again, I definitely can sympathize. Doctors treat the symptoms of migraine.
It reminds me of a story my grandmother used to tell about how she never used to get headaches. Then one day she read an article explaining that smart people were more apt to experience frequent headaches. She always used to laugh and laugh at the notion that she apparently wasn't smart because she didn't recall getting headaches. My mom on the other hand tells a different story, she remembers her mother getting headaches now-and-again.
At any rate, there are things you can do to help decrease the chances of getting migraines, such as avoiding things you know are a trigger. Caffeine, alcohol, stress, not eating, and some foods all are known triggers for some people. It is a good idea to keep a diary of your headaches and what you did/ate, etc. around the time of the onset can help you pinpoint all your triggers.
Here is more information about preventing migraine:
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

October 5, 2010 - 1:15pm


I consulted the doctor and he also said that its a migraine. He prescribed me tablets to be taken for 1 month and 2 other tablets to be taken on the occurrence of head ache.. Can you please let me know if its curable or not? I forgot to ask my doctor..

October 5, 2010 - 8:56am

There are many different types of headaches, and many of them can be recurring. My first thought when I read your post was a migraine headache, because of the sensitivity to light and noise.

We have a plethora of information on headaches. I think the best thing is to read a few brief articles about headaches, and see what information resonates with you. Then, we can narrow it down together and talk about possible treatments (you can also read about triggers, prevention, causes and treatment options).

Causes & Triggers for Migraine Headaches may include:
The precise cause is unknown. Among the suspected causes are:
* Environmental triggers
* Genetic predisposition
* Dietary triggers
* Physiologic (menstruation, puberty)
A trigger sets the process in motion. It is possible that the nervous system reacts to the trigger by conducting electrical activity. This spreads across the brain. It leads to the release of brain chemicals. These make blood vessels swell. It may be this inflammation that causes pain and other symptoms.

Risk Factors
The risk of having a migraine over a lifetime is up to 20%-25%.

Factors that increase your chance for migraines may include:
* Sex: adult females, but more common in male children than female
* Family members with migraines
* Youth (90% occur by age 40)
* Medications including:
o Hormone replacement therapy
o Drugs to dilate blood vessels
* Menstruation
* Fatigue
* Lack of sleep or changing sleep patterns
* Stress or relief from stress
* Skipping meals
* Alcohol, especially red wine
* Altitude or weather changes
* Time zone changes
* Exertion that is sustained
* Glaring or flashing light
* Perfumes or other odors
* Eating foods known to trigger migraines
* Epilepsy

Here are some great first-articles for your review:
- EmpowHER: Migraine Headache Overview
- Migraines: Types, Prevention, Treatment
- Migraines: Preventing the Pain
- EmpowHER: Tension Headache (just for comparison)

There are many, many more articles from experts as well as women who are suffering with these types of headaches and discuss treatments that have worked for them.

Please read to see if your symptoms do sound like they are more typical of a migraine headache (compared to Cluster or Tension headaches, for example). That is my guess. Then, there are treatment options and it is a good idea to contact your doctor as well. One of the articles talks about keeping a "headache diary" that is helpful.

August 31, 2010 - 1:03pm
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