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Identifying Headache Triggers

Do you know what’s causing your head to pound?

Your head is pounding, and all you want to do is curl up in a dark, quiet room. You wonder what brought it on this time. What you may not know is that all headaches are not created equal. You’ve heard of migraines, tension headaches, sinus headaches, and cluster headaches. But there are more than 150 unique types of headache.

Headaches set in for any number of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear what’s causing the pain. If you can identify your triggers, you can avoid many headaches. The best way to catch the cause is with a headache diary. When a headache arises, note the day, time, type of pain, and location of the location. You should also write down what you ate recently and any activities you were doing.

This diary could be just what you need to uncover the cause of your aching head. Here are some of the most common culprits.

Stress

This is a big one. In fact, stress is the top cause of headaches, especially tension headaches and migraines. Seven out of ten migraines set in due to stress. When you’re stressed, your neck and shoulders tense up. This affects your brain by producing chemicals that change the amount of blood flow in the brain. Though caused by stress, these headaches don’t always show up while you’re feeling stress. Sometimes, they set in when you finally relax after a stress-filled period. As tension subsides, brain chemicals send signals that change blood flow, causing a headache.

Odors

You’re cleaning the house or stuck in a small room with someone wearing strong perfume. Don’t be surprised if a headache sets in. Strong odors are a common headache trigger, whether from household cleaners, perfume, foods, air fresheners, candles, cigarette smoke, or vehicle exhaust. Why is this? For some people, odors cause blood vessels to dilate. This dilation stimulates the nervous system and causes a headache.

Foods

Some headaches are brought on by food. This is one reason why you should keep a headache diary. Common food triggers include cheese, chocolate, avocados, bananas, citrus fruits, dairy products, and onions. Other possible culprits include artificial sweeteners, alcohol, certain fish, yellow food dye, monosodium glutamate, nitrates, and nitrites. These foods contain chemicals that lead to headaches in certain people.

Bright Lights

Sometimes, you get a headache during a bright, sunny day. Glare from cars, the bright light of a computer screen, or the fluorescent lights at work can all result in pain. Bright lights or flickering lights increase chemicals in the brain that trigger migraines. To prevent this, wear polarized sunglasses outdoors, get glasses that tint in bright light, or reduce the brightness of your computer screen.

Weather Changes

Some people find they’re more likely to get headaches in certain types of weather. High humidity levels, storms, overcast skies, or decreasing or increasing temperatures can cause pressure changes in the atmosphere. When this happens, changes in the brain cause a headache. Unfortunately, there’s no avoiding the weather. Talk with your doctor for tips on reducing your likelihood of weather-induced headaches.

Caffeine

For some people, a cup of coffee helps relieve headaches. But be careful. Drinking too much caffeine can also lead to a headache. Regular coffee drinkers who go off of caffeine may get horrible headaches as a withdrawal symptom. That’s because caffeine causes blood vessels to constrict. Without your daily dose of caffeine, blood vessels may dilate, triggering a pounding headache.

Dehydration

Not drinking enough water can lead to a headache. When you’re dehydrated, the delicate balance of electrolytes in your body is thrown off. Without enough fluids, the brain may shrink slightly, triggering a headache. Drink more water throughout the day and you’ll avoid dehydration and a lot of headaches.

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