Modern lifestyles are more often filled with tasks and activities and less relaxing and comfort although many would argue that the advancements in technology have made work and life easier.
The truth is, even if machines and development of easier and quicker ways of living have emerged, life for more people is far more stressful than it was before.
In midst of work and school, headaches and health complications can be commonly observed in all age groups.
From children to old people, pain in the head is bound to occur several times in a day or at least two, three days of the week because of a number of reasons including deteriorating health, poor diet and exhaustive lifestyles.
The most suggested solution to headaches is a hot beverage and time off from any work that requires concentrations. Most people with busy lifestyles are unable to do so because of workload and lack of time even on days off from office or school.
Most of the times, these headaches are not that simple to get rid of nowadays and are typically an indicator by the body to highlight something it requires to be lacking or missing completely.
Therefore, it is important to especially take continuous and prevailing headaches that come with other symptoms more seriously.
Types of Headaches
Headaches and their typology is a broad category comprising of different forms of pains that can be either caused by deficiencies in the body, disruption in normal functioning or signs of another disease developing.
There are as many as 150 types of headaches but the following are the most common ones:
The most occurring form of headaches is tension or anxiety induced headaches that can be observed mostly in teenagers and adults with considerably busy lifestyles. The pain in this type can range from mild to chronic pain that happens on a daily basis.
It can also happen before some important event, for example, an exam due to increased tension or anxiety. Usually, they have no fixed time and can come several times a day.
Severe cases of sinus fever can cause swelling and headaches along with a fever and runny nose. The pain from the head in this cause usually spreads to the cheeks, nose bridge, forehead and jaw along with noticeable swelling.
This is one of the longest lasting for weeks and even months after beginning. The pain starts from behind the eyes and may spread upwards. It is usually far more painful than other forms of headaches.
While they will last long, cluster headaches may even go away and not return for months and even years and have an unpredictable pattern.
Recently there has been a great rise in the number of migraine patients, particularly in the young adults or adolescent age group due to diets deprived of nutrition and surroundings combined with increasing workload.
Migraines differ from other types of headaches in the sense that the pain hit one side of the head and comes with other symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, and increase in sensitivity to certain smells or noise.
These headaches can occur multiple times in a month lasting for a few hours or days and can cause mild to chronic pains with an inability to perform normal tasks due to the blurring of vision, dizziness, and fever.
This specific type is usually known as the mixed headache syndrome due to its nature of switching symptoms from one headache to another which in most cases is tension headaches and migraines.
The person may suffer normal tension effects one day and transformed migraine effects such as pain in stomach or nausea the next day. This type is rare but can affect both adults and children.
What are the causes of these headaches?
The aforementioned types are by far the most commonly complained about that come with a variety of factors such as:
- Disease and Illness (such as sinus infections)
- Environmental effects (pollution, chemicals from products)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Eye and back strains
- Vitamin and nutritional deficiencies
- Food allergies
- Genetics or family history in some cases (usually migraines)
Easy Solutions for Headaches
Most people tend to choose painkillers as their go-to solution for most types of pains, specifically headaches but researchers have shown that they might not be the safest option.
It is recommended to try the following remedies over choosing medicines that might bring harm in the long run:
Magnesium supplements are one of the most prescribed and used solutions for people who suffer from continuous headaches. In addition, they are much safer and bring no or little side effects to the person using them.
According to studies, the common thing between people who suffer from the aforementioned popular types of headaches is the lack of magnesium. People suffering from migraines especially have reported having low levels of magnesium.
Prescribed magnesium doses can greatly reduce the likelihood of migraines as well as reduce the severity of symptoms that come along with it. People with chronic pains and signs such as perpetual vomiting are given magnesium for controlling their migraines.
Taking 200-600 magnesium pills or incorporating more magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, whole grains, leafy greens, meat, and beans can considerably help people suffering from headaches.
B Complex Vitamins
Vitamin B complex is one of the essential nutrients required for proper functioning of the body and protection from the effects of aging and environmental factors.
People suffering from combination headache syndrome are observed to be suffering from a B complex deficiency.
Taking doses of Vitamin B complex is highly recommended for people generally as not only it will prevent headaches and disruptions in functions of the brain specifically but will never be unsafe for the person taking it as it is water soluble and overdosing on it is highly unlikely.
Going gluten free
In accordance with a National Foundation for Celiac awareness, gluten sensitivity or intolerance is on rising with an increase in the number of patients every year in all age groups.
Gluten is a sticky protein that can be found usually in the most widely consumed grains such as wheat.
People suffering from Celiac disease or similar gluten sensitivities are more prone to get headaches when taking any food that contains an ingredient having this specific protein in it. Researchers have shown that migraines were a common complaint in Gluten intolerant people.
Even if a person does not display signs for any serious gluten allergic diseases, sensitivities to it can occur. In cases like that, the person does not need to leave gluten completely like the patients with Celiac disease but has to reduce the amount of it considerably.
Try going gluten free for 2-3 weeks to see if helps with the frequency of headaches and then add a few gluten foods gradually. Note what amount of gluten is enough to not have any negative effects if there are good signs from a reduction of it in the prior weeks.
Most of the times, making changes to diet and lifestyle can help a lot of people greatly. However, these remedies may not work for all and the headaches may be the symptom of some serious condition.
It is important to always see a doctor if nothing works and the headache continues. Going to so-called therapists may cost a lot of money and not bring benefits at all.
Always pick a doctor to diagnose the actual reason behind a prevailing headache before seeking help from any other person.