There are several causes for frequent headaches, some much more common than others, and even some are unknown to most people. Therefore, if you suffer from frequent headache you should know that sometimes the underlying reason is quite severe and should be treated by your doctor. If you just take an over the counter painkiller, such as ibuprofen or acetominophen, you may get partial relief, but you are not solving the real cause for your frequent headaches.
Usually, the more common health issues that may cause frequent headaches are:
-sinusitis -muscular tension -viral infection -musculo-skeletal conditions
There are some severe health conditions that may cause frequent headaches:
– strokes – meningitis – blood pressure – some brain tumors
Why do these health conditions cause frequent headaches?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages, therefore pressing the head and producing headaches. The main symptom is pain on the forehead, right above the nose, and/or on the cheek. People who usually suffer from sinusitis usually get relief by using a combination of painkillers and steam treatment that helps clear the nasal blockage. You can heat up some water and put your face over it and inhale. You can add some herbs such as peppermint or eucalyptus, that will soothe the pain. In case the pain persists and your eyes are irritated it’s advisable you see your physician.
The flu and related health issues can also cause frequent headaches. Issues such as tonsillitis , chest and lung infections, fever and others can cause frequent headaches. In these cases, headaches are usually accompanied by light sensitivity and tenderness in the muscles. Glaucoma and other eye illnesses may cause headaches as well.
Meningitis produces an inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain. This infection is very severe and should be treated right away. One of the most common meningitis symptoms is a severe, acute and very painful headache. Meningitis at first may get confused with a flu, but if symptoms persist you should go to the hospital immediately.
Migraine is another cause for frequent headaches, but it also causes light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. Migraine is a chronic illness and if you suspect you are suffering from it, seek professional advice to get proper treatment for migraine.
There are many other causes for frequent headache and you should see your doctor to rule out other causes and point out the real reason for your pain. Your doctor will order some exams and perform an extensive physical examination.