Why the jump in numbers? Well, the increase in headaches can’t be attributed to one main cause. Here are possible reasons your head may be pounding:
Outdoor Activities – allergy sufferers beware this time of year
Posture – holding your head in one position for a long time, like at a computer, tablet or mobile device.
Alcohol – it doesn’t take a lot to set off a headache for those who are migraine-prone. Many chemicals in alcohol including sulfites and tyramine can quickly cause you pain. Alcohol can also cause dehydration, which can lead to a headache.
Colds – sinus pain and pressure can lead to an aching head.
Sleep – changes in sleep patterns, whether you’re sleeping in, or staying up late, are known to cause migraines for some. It’s important to remain on a set sleep schedule.
Stress – the upcoming holidays, report cards, the economy — whatever your stressor may be, it can quickly bring on a tension headache.
These are just some of the causes that can bring on headaches. Avoiding the trigger can prevent the headaches. You may find relief with over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as well as lifestyle changes including relaxation and exercise. For migraine sufferers, prescription medicine may be prescribed.
When to See a Doctor:
- Your headaches wake you from sleep
- A headache lasts more than a few days
- Headaches are worse in the morning
- You have a history of headaches, but they have changed in pattern or intensity
- You have headaches frequently, and there is no known cause
- You would describe your headache as “your worst ever” even if you are prone to headaches
Go the Emergency Room or call 911 if:
- Your headache is associated with slurred speech, change in vision, problems moving your arms or legs, loss of balance, confusion, or memory loss
- Your headache is accompanied by fever, stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting
- Your headache occurs with a head injury