Headaches can be a part of anyone’s life and for sure, everyone has experienced it one way or another. However, there are certain instances when headaches occur every day and just turn your daily life into a less comfortable one affecting your daily activities, and your Land O Lakes chiropractor may be able to help.
Daily headaches are described as headaches occurring at least 15 days in one month. While most daily headaches tend to be caused by another condition, stress can also play a role. If you are one of those people who experience headaches every day, here are the possible causes as well as the solutions to stay away from chronic pain.
Possible Causes of Everyday Headaches
Chronic headaches are usually a result of the following conditions:
- Chronic mental and physical stress
One of the most common reasons for chronic headache is experiencing mental stress leading to tension-type headaches. This type is described as a tight ache over the head in a bilateral fashion and is commonly experienced by those who are frequently confronted with fatigue and overwork. Those who are perfectionists and have a type A personality may also suffer from tension type headache that may occur on a daily basis. Tension type headaches usually occur later in the day as stress builds up. Also, prolonged wrinkling of the brow may also lead to muscle spasms in the head leading to chronic headache.
Migraine is another reason for chronic headaches. It is described as pulsating in nature and affects only one side of the head as opposed to the bilateral tension-type headaches. Those who suffer from migraine usually feel more severe pain than any other headache and may be aggravated by physical activity. Those who developed migraine may have problems in the blood circulation in the head or becomes too stimulated by various stimuli resulting to headaches.
Presence of infections in the cranium such as meningitis may also cause consistent headache. Infections in the cerebrum usually lead to inflammation and increased intracranial pressure subsequently leading to headache every day until the root cause is managed.
- Brain tumor
Another potentially serious cause of chronic headache is the emergence of a brain tumor. Those who have this may feel sudden sharp pain in the head and tend to be unilateral on the side where the tumor is located. A brain injury may also be a cause.
- Rebound effect of taking painkillers
Frequent use of painkillers for headache may also lead to more prolonged daily headaches. Those who take OTC analgesics for more than three days in a week usually may develop rebound headaches.
Management for Everyday Headaches
If you experience daily headaches, the first thing that you need to do is to evaluate your symptoms. If you feel headaches when you are stressed, then probably you have a tension type headache. This may be managed more easily through OTC analgesics and through various relaxation techniques such as acupuncture, biofeedback, meditation, massage and rest. However, if you feel headaches along with other symptoms and tend to be more severe in character not associated with activity, then, medical consult should be sought to determine the actual cause and management for the root condition. Medications may be prescribed in the form of antidepressants and beta blockers to effectively manage the pain.
The key to dealing with chronic headaches is to identify the cause to effectively employ the most effective management. Examine your symptoms and consult a health care provider for professional help.