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10 Reasons Why You Get Headaches

Nobody likes dealing with headaches, but nearly everyone will get one every once in a while. Not every headache is created equal, however. Headaches can range from minor annoyances to severe pains that can incapacitate individuals, sometimes on a regular basis. 

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to trigger a headache. Here are 10 common reasons why your head may not feel too well.

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1. Glare

You can’t always see a headache coming, but sometimes what you see can give you a headache. A bright glare off a computer screen or overhead lights can trigger a painful response if you don’t give your eyes a break every now and then.

2. Noise

A little peace and quiet can be good for your head. Continuous noise and loud, repetitive sounds can kick start a throbbing headache, so switch to calming music or good headphones if you feel the noise is getting to you.

3. Anxiety

Sometimes you just need to take a break. Too much stress can lead to anxiety and headaches. Take a few deep breaths and relax before you a headache starts.

4. Messing with Regular Patterns

Food and sleep are wonderful things. Headaches can be a way for your body to warn you if you’re deviating too far away from a healthy eating and sleeping schedule.

5. Medications

It’s not uncommon for headaches to be a potential side effect for some medications. If a particular prescription coincides with an uptick in headaches, it might be time to speak with a doctor about alternatives.

6. Too Much Physical Activity

A good workout can be great for your health, but too much physical exertion can take a toll. Going past your physical limits can cause your blood vessels to swell and lead to a headache.

7. Not Enough Physical Activity

Of course, refraining from physical activity can lead to headaches as well. Regular movement can help you avoid headaches caused by being too sedentary.

8. Bad Posture

Standing and sitting up straight can do more than make you look better during interviews. Good posture helps with blood flow, which can limit potential headaches.

9. Changes in Hormones

Some headaches can’t be avoided, but you can still prepare for them. Dropping estrogen levels can lead to headaches, which can be a problem for women right before their period.

10. Food and Drink

Too much of your favorite food or drink might trigger a headache. Alcohol, caffeine, and other substances might be the trigger that sends you to the medicine cabinet.

Talk to a Doctor if Your Headaches Don’t Go Away

Occasional headaches happen, but regular migraines and other pains are no joke. If you suffer from ongoing headaches, give us a call at 440-353-0071 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with one of our Cleveland physicians today.

Dr. Gabriella Palma, M.D.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

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