There it comes again: that incessant pounding sensation like a sledgehammer thumping against the earth. This isn’t the first nor the second time this month; it’s the umpteenth time. And so it has been for years.
To say, “I have a headache” is one thing. To say, “I always have headaches” is another. Frequent headaches can disrupt your daily activities and hamper your life, but many things can cause it. Sometimes your frequent headaches could be a symptom of an underlying condition. Other times, the pain is primary (the headache is a standalone condition and not a symptom of another condition).
If you’ve been suffering frequent chronic headaches for some time now, you may be worried if it’s a brain tumor or something deadly. Don’t fret. Most times, they’re primary headaches.
Although the cause of most headaches is unknown, some factors that likely contribute to headaches include:
- Lack of sleep
- Sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises, or other environmental triggers.
Although frequent headaches are less common, they’re often more serious. But people don’t take them so seriously because they feel “they’re just headaches.” Perhaps that’s you. Perhaps you’ve been relying on over-the-counter prescriptions to ease the pain for a minute. But this is something that can disrupt your overall wellness, and seeing a doctor when you have frequent headaches becomes a wise step.
You may have observed that the headache pain you currently experience is quite different from that of last week or last month. That’s because there are different types of headaches.
1. Tension headaches
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches and cause mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head. The pain is typically dull but constant and comes with no other symptoms. Tension headaches are usually primary headaches.
Tension headaches are caused by tension in the muscles in the head, neck, or scalp, resulting from stress or even extended screen time. They come and go on their own.
This is the most disruptive type of primary headache. While they may sometimes come with other symptoms, migraines are marked by throbbing pain that may begin right from childhood and progress through adulthood. Migraines also often attack only one side of the head, although they can attack both. Your frequent headaches could be migraines. They can happen once or several times a month.
Migraines may run in the family. However, they attack when triggered. Migraine triggers include dehydration, hunger, particular foods and beverages, and allergic reactions. Note that migraines are often more excruciating and recurring than tension headaches. Women are also more likely to have it than men.
Treat migraines by avoiding the triggers and addressing the symptoms with medication.
3. Cluster headaches
Cluster headaches are more severe than the other types of headaches and affect men more often than women.
Attacks can last from 15 minutes to three hours and usually recur every day. Cluster headaches are typically characterized by intense pain on one side of the head behind one eye. This would require symptomatic relief medication.
Your frequent headaches may be mild, but that doesn’t stop them from ruining your day. Wellness comes with total soundness of mind, body, and spirit, so if frequent headache pain arises to rid you of that, see a headache specialist to address it.