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Frequent Headaches: Break The Pain Cycle

It is normal to suffer from headaches every now and then. This common pain complaint, is a sign of different things affecting the head. Whether it is a small or large headache they can occur more often in some

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HEADACHE (Photo credit: Joe Rago)

people than others. There are various causes of regular headaches which are triggered in different ways for each person. The point to which the headache lasts and the strength of the pain will also alter for each individual.

The very common causes of frequent headaches are viral infection, sinusitis, musculo-skeletal conditions, migraine, fatigue and headache, stress and other forms of tension. However meningitis, blood pressure, strokes and brain tumors are also linked to causes of regular headaches.

When a headache strikes, the most common form of relief is an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin or pain relieving medications that contain caffeine. But you need to be careful as the misuse of these medications can case headaches to develop. As the cycle continues, headaches will occur more frequently and you will need more and more medication to quell the pain.

Nausea, vomiting or the feeling that light bothers the eyes or sound bothers the ears are some of the most common symptoms that comes up with frequent headaches. Some people are more inclined to a certain type of headache such as cluster headaches, migraine headaches or tension headaches which occur more often than other types of headaches, however anyone who suffers from a headache, suffers from the same thing which is agony. The only way of diagnosing the type of frequent headache one suffers through would be through the description of symptoms felt by the sufferer.

There are ways to prevent frequent headaches. One practice that can be used to prevent headaches would be to limit the use of pain relievers when headaches occur such that the intake is limited to only twice a week. Also, avoid products that contain caffeine while taking the pain relievers. Oftentimes frequent headaches occur because of the type of foods consumed, so a good diet is invariably the best way to go about triggering a food induced headache. Exercising regularly can reduce the amount of headaches as exercising helps to eliminate toxic waste from your body. Either way, it is best that you become aware of the causes of frequent headaches before trying to prevent them.