WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What are headaches?
Headaches are a common health condition characterized by pain or discomfort in the head or neck. They can vary in severity, duration, and location and may have other symptoms, such as nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, and dizziness.
There are several forms of headaches, including migraines, tension, cluster, and sinus headaches. Tension headaches are the most common and are caused by stress or muscle tension in the head and neck. Migraines are intense headaches that produce other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Cluster headaches cause severe pain in clusters or cycles and are less common.
What causes headaches?
Headaches are commonly caused by tension, dehydration, eye strain, sinusitis, migraines, cluster headaches, medications, caffeine withdrawal, hormonal changes, and head injuries.
Eye strain from prolonged use of digital devices, excessive reading, or extensive driving can lead to headaches. Inflammation of the sinuses from an infection or allergy, and hormonal changes due to menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or menopause, can also trigger head pain. Additionally, headaches can develop from injuries to the brain or skull.
Headaches can also be a symptom of more severe conditions, such as a brain tumor or aneurysm. To eliminate any underlying conditions, seeking medical attention for severe or persistent headaches is essential.
What are the symptoms of headaches?
Headache conditions can vary depending on the type and cause. Some common symptoms include pain and discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck area, pressure and tightness, aching or throbbing pain, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smells.
Other familiar symptoms are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, and tension in the neck and shoulder muscles.
How are headaches treated?
Headaches can be treated using various methods, including medications, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, alternative therapies, and managing underlying conditions.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, can effectively treat mild to moderate headaches. For severe or chronic head pain, symptoms are relieved using prescription medications. Lifestyle changes establish healthy eating habits, good sleep routines, and stress management skills to help reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
Physical therapy involving massage, stretching, and exercising may alleviate headaches caused by tension or muscle spasms. Alternative therapies can also bring relief using acupuncture, biofeedback, or relaxation techniques. Additionally, treating underlying conditions, including sinus infections or head injuries, may be necessary to alleviate headache symptoms.
How do headaches affect brain wellness?
Headaches can disrupt brain function and have a significant impact on mental wellness. These ailments can affect cognitive function, mood, brain structure, and pain perception.
Chronic headaches can affect concentration, memory, and decision-making, leading to decreased mental functioning. Headaches can also alter mood, causing irritability, anxiety, and depression. These mood changes can further impact brain wellness by affecting sleep patterns, appetite, and motivation.
Research has shown that repeated migraines can change brain structure, such as thickening of the cortex and alterations in white matter tracts. These changes may contribute to the development of chronic head pain and can affect overall brain health. Additionally, headaches can alter pain perception, making the brain more sensitive over time. This condition can lead to chronic pain cycles, with headaches becoming more frequent and severe.
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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA): https://www.samhsa.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://www.nih.gov/
National Suicide Prevention Line: https://988lifeline.org/
National Library of Medicine: https://medlineplus.gov/
Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/