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Why am I getting so many headaches?

By December 11, 2008 - 10:06am
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As I sit here at my desk, I have another headache. And I am wondering why. I can't pinpoint anything specific. I know that a couple aspirin and some hot tea will help. But I guess I'm just wondering, why do some people have so many more headaches than

other people? These aren't migraines or tension headaches, and not sinus. They are just regular run-of-the-mill headaches, but they distract me and totally disrupt my days.

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I have had a constant headache for 6 days now, tablets don't seem to help.
I am normally healthy...and I'm only twenty two.
These headaches are unbearable, sometimes they're in my eyes and cheekbones, at the moment, i've got it on my forehead, near my ears, my neck and around my skull.
Any ideas anyone? Thank You

September 20, 2009 - 4:10am
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Have you read the information above about headaches? Does any of this pertain to you? It is important to keep a "headache diary" so you know your possible triggers (bright lights, too much computer time, seasonal allergens, etc.) and type of headache (cluster, migraine, sinus, etc).

Since your headache has lasted constantly for 6 days, you may want to call your doctor. Over-the-counter pain relievers may not work for some people, some of the time, and when used on a consistent basis...you can actually have headaches "caused" by the pain relievers!

When to call the doctor for a headache:
* Have three or more headaches per week
* Have headaches that keep getting worse and won't go away
* Need to take a pain reliever every day or almost every day for your headaches
* Need more than 2-3 doses of over-the-counter medications per week to relieve headache symptoms
* Have headaches that are triggered by exertion, coughing, bending, or strenuous activity
* Have a history of headaches, but have noticed a recent change in your headache symptoms

September 20, 2009 - 1:55pm

Patti, I would like to know how long have you had them? Have you seen a doctor about this already?

In addition to the previous postings from Alison B and Alysiak, There are a couple of other causes of headaches that most people ignore or do not recognize. Lack of hydration is one. If you are not a good water drinker you will probably be a good candidate for headaches. The brain is suspended in fluid and when the body is dehydrated it goes into "alert" mode by pulling water from wherever it finds it in order to maintain proper functioning of other organs. The fluids from the brain will be used to support other functions and because of that redistribution of water within the system, people may experience headaches. Another possible cause is food allergies or environmental factors that trigger allergic reactions. You need to start writing down information on what you were doing, what are your eating, what is your breathing area, what were you doing right before a headache started it. Do this for at least a couple of weeks. A third possible cause is barometric pressure, full moon (whose gravity pull will also affect the fluids in our bodies including water from the brain), or other weather patterns.

You may also want to consult with a doctor if the headaches are lasting too long and/or getting worse. A brain scan may be necessary to rule out more serious conditions. You may also want to check your eyes for changes on vision. Some cases of headaches are associated with eye/vision problems.

December 12, 2008 - 1:16am

You said that you get your headaches while sitting at your desk. Let me ask:

Are these headaches more often or prevalent at work than anywhere else?

Are you sitting under fluorescent lights?

Do you use a fluorescent light at your desk (e.g. under a cubicle overhead cabinet)?

Are you working at a computer screen for long periods of time?

What is the quality of the ambient air - junk from vents, etc.?

Answering these and similar questions when talking to your doctor may help you identify the cause, IF the cause is environmental and not biological.

Hope this helps.

December 11, 2008 - 9:21pm

The National Headache Foundation has a website that discusses the different types of headaches. Some people may have more headaches than others for many reasons: perhaps their biology/genetics or their lifestyles (or both) play a role in the frequency, duration and severity of headaches.

Can you read the information from the link below, and tell us which one(s) best describe your situation, so we can help you further? What symptoms are you having from this list: http://www.headaches.org/educational_modules/completeguide/differenttypes.html

Headaches come in all forms, and are caused or exacerbated from such a wide range of variables; they almost seem like a mirror to help us look at what else is going on in our life that may be out-of-balance.

For instance:

Emotional health
- are you stressed, sad, depressed, anxious?

Physical health
- are your hormones within "normal" levels?
- do you exercise? do you use caffeine or alcohol? do you sleep well at night?
- how many hours do you use the computer, or are under florescent lights?
- are you on medication?

Social health
- do you have a strong social support network, that helps with your overall well-being?

The topic of "headaches" is so large, that I do not have enough space to provide you with concise and relevant information, without first receiving more detailed information from you. Hope to hear from you soon!

December 11, 2008 - 3:50pm
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