It is very difficult to find an adult person who has never had a headache. In the majority of people, they are occasional. However, certain surrounding factors or health conditions may cause chronic headaches.
What should one know about chronic headaches?
To start talking about the possible reasons of feeling unwell in the head, we have to determine first what kind of a headache may be called chronic. If you experience two or three headaches a week or more than 15 days of pain within a month, it means that you suffer from a chronic headache.
This state may result from different factors, starting with heredity and ending with tumor processes in the brain. To find out the exact reason for your problem, turn to your healthcare provider. He or she will ask about your family history of headaches (if you do have one). Besides, you will have to undergo a medical examination and, perhaps, to pass several tests or even MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to exclude life-threatening conditions.
To help you understand the possible nature of your troubles, let’s have a look at the most common causes of daily headaches.
Chronic stress stimulates constantly high levels of cortisol, the hormone of stress. A durable influence of cortisol affects the proper work of the cardiovascular system and may provoke elevation of the blood pressure. As a result, a person may feel a headache.
Furthermore, inability to cope with stress may lead to mental health problems, which may also be accompanied by a headache.
Waking up too early or staying up late may significantly contribute to your health problems and headache in particular. During the night rest, our body restores the energy spent during the day and relaxes. Lack of sleep violates these processes thus making you feel tired or even exhausted right after you wake up.
If such a sleep regime continues for a couple of days, weeks or even months, you are very likely to suffer from chronic headaches.
Unstable blood pressure
High blood pressure or, vice versa, extremely low blood pressure may cause headaches. However, their intensiveness and the location of the pain may considerably differ. Some people may even differentiate between the two conditions only distinguishing between the pain sensations, they experience.
Nevertheless, the headache caused by hypertension or elevated blood pressure is much more dangerous because it may end up with a heart attack or a stroke.
Lack of liquid may also be the reason for daily headaches. People who don’t drink enough water, especially during the hot seasons, may suffer from dehydration. As a result, their blood gets thicker and the load on heart grows. In addition, a decrease in the blood volume causes less oxygen to reach the body cells, including the brain.
Insufficient oxygenation may result in severe headaches. To cope with a headache caused by dehydration, one needs to drink enough water. In addition, people should avoid alcohol consumption as it may enhance urination and provoke even more severe dehydration.
Problems with the blood vessels
Inflammatory processes of the blood vessels leading to the brain or any other issues connected with this part of the vascular system may affect the supply of blood to the organ. It leads to the lack of oxygen in the brain cells. On the contrary, the issues with the veins responsible for the outflow of the blood from the brain may result in excess of blood in the organ. It makes intracranial pressure very high. Consequently, the brain’s function gets disturbed, which results in severe headaches.
Remember that chronic headaches (no matter what causes them) are not a joke and they demand a consultation with a specialist.