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Some Possible Reasons For Headaches

Sep 3, 2008
Headaches are the most frustrating physical problem. No one is able to see any manifestations from outside and you keep on suffering and all the regular activities get disturbed. The reasons of all headaches are not same. There are various types of headaches which are caused by different reasons and the type of suffering also differs from the other.

The commonest forms of headache are tension type headache, migraine headaches and cluster headaches. The tension type headaches are manifested by the bilateral pain and this can last for 30 minutes to 7 days. Though this generally does not hamper the daily activities but recurring tension type headache can cause various problems.

The migraine headaches attack women mostly and it can last for 4 hours to 72 hours. The last category of headache is cluster headache. This is the rarest form of headache and the pain is often felt around the eyes and on either side of the head.

Causes of Headaches

According to traditional ideas the tension headaches are caused by the muscle contraction process. But the migraine or cluster headaches occur because of the dilation of the blood vessels. Brain swelling can be another reason of headache which mainly stretches the covering of the brain. Sinus inflammation is also counted as a cause of headache.

There could be many more reasons like excessive strain on the eyes, menstrual strains, stressful environment etc. Apart from the normal causes there are instances where headache is a manifestation of the serious physical problems like brain cancer, encephalitis etc.

Now if we consider the causes specifically then the reason of tension type headache is tightness of muscles in your face, scalp, shoulder, neck, jaw etc. This can occur due to stressful environment, severe anxiety or even depression. Sometimes if you are working too hard or not getting sufficient sleep or skipping meals, you can get the tension headaches.

There are certain food products like cheese, aginomoto, chocolate which can cause this particular type of headache. The recurrent migraine headaches are manifested through a pulsating pain. The cluster headaches are equally painful and they are observed in men mostly.

The people who are over the age of 50 years can get headaches due to temporal arteritis. This is a serious condition and consultation with the doctor is required.

These are all general reasons why an individual can get headaches. But there are rare causes as well. Brain aneurysm can be one of them.

When the walls of a blood vessel get weakened and it ruptures and bleeding occurs inside the brain, it can cause severe headache. Brain tumor is another reason of headache. The brain infections which are called meningitis, encephalitis etc are also reasons of headaches at times.
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April Kerr owns website DHE45 which is all about the types of migraines and headaches plus how to cure headaches and mentrual migraines.
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