10 ways your headache tells you about your state of health


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10 causes of constant headache

Be it migraines, tension, cluster, or any other common type, one experiences headaches when something in the head causes the blood vessels to swell, consequently stretching the nerves around them even though the underlying causes are vast.

Though many people who suffer constant headaches – minor or major – may not care so much about the numerous causes or effects provided there is permanent healing or solution, it is imperative to understand the true state of your health due to the headaches you experience occasionally, often or always. Here are 10 health conditions that make you know why your headache happens to you.

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1. You have anaemia.

Anemia is a health condition and a blood disease where you either lack enough red blood cells or are unhealthy or abnormal to properly transport oxygen to your body tissues and organs. The number of red blood cells or the haemoglobin concentration within them is lower than normal. Despite suffering from constant headaches, anaemia might result in other symptoms like fatigue, skin pallor, shortness of breath, light-headedness, dizziness, or a fast heartbeat.

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2. You have a chronic disease.

According to self.com, headache is a common side effect of many chronic health conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, and diabetes. Just like in anaemic health conditions, fatigue, joint pain, and skin lesions might occur as a result of constant headaches due to the chronic disease.

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3. You have migraine

A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by throbbing in one particular area, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Warning symptoms sometimes precede migraine headaches. Triggers include hormonal changes, certain food and drink, stress and exercise.

Migraine might come with sinus headache symptoms. Sinus headaches are headaches that may feel like an infection in the sinuses (sinusitis). You may feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead, according to Mayoclinic.

4. Constant headaches could be a sign of a brain tumor.

Your constant nagging headaches could be a sign of a brain tumor though the cases of having such are rare. Healthline.com wrote that a brain tumor is a collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain.

While headache remains one of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, a brain tumor may cause trouble with movement, hearing, walking, balance, and coordination.

5. You are dehydrated

Headache is a painful ailment you have when you are dehydrated. Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. Without enough, your body can’t function properly.

Experts believe, according to self.com that it has to do with the way blood volume drops when you’re not getting enough water and lower blood volume means less oxygen is getting to the brain – a symptom of anaemia.

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6. You’re stressed

Self.com, in citing MedlinePlus, wrote that stress and anxiety are physical responses of one’s body that can occur when the muscles of the neck and scalp are tensed up subsequently resulting in tension headache. So, if you are having constant headaches, check if you are facing big life challenges and responsibilities in life that put you under immense pressure, worrying often, don’t have enough work, activities, or change in your life and it gives much concern or experience occasional discrimination, hate or abuse.

7. You are having hormonal imbalances, like sleeplessness

You may experience headaches if you are dealing with hormone imbalances and the issues associated with such ill-health problems, such as menstruation, unwanted hair growth, fertility problems and pregnancy, weight gain, and even sleeplessness. Menstruation is one of the biggest migraine triggers for people who have periods, and according to self.com: “Any time of hormonal change is a vulnerable time for headaches,” Dr. Hutchinson says.

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8. Waking up earlier (or later) than usual

Waking up earlier (or later) than usual can throw off your circadian rhythm and disrupting your body’s schedule can trigger headaches, Dr. Hutchinson says. The stress of traveling, change in barometric pressure, change in time zones, and just being at an airport can all trigger a headache, but such headache triggers are not expected to persist beyond the time of experiencing the stress triggers.

9. You are using too many headache remedies

Mixing, matching, and overusing headache treatments can potentially backfire and the remedies begin to work against you. Overdoing it on painkillers can actually make the pain worse—and the caffeine in some headache medications can cause withdrawal headaches, compounding the effects. Overuse of any pain medication to treat headaches can cause what’s called a rebound headache.

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10. You drink too much caffeine.

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.

Larger doses of caffeine might cause headaches, anxiety, and chest pain. It can also cause vasoconstriction in your blood vessels, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, nausea, increased heart rate, other side effects, and even irregular heartbeat and even death.

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