Four Possible Causes Of Headaches

Headaches are just about the most common health symptom that any of us suffer-- and for the most part, we don’t take them seriously. Headaches are primarily situational, caused by a rough day or tiredness, but their sporadic nature means few of us take the problem seriously.

When headaches cross from “sporadic” into “chronic”, however, they are potentially a sign of an underlying problem. If you experience more than three headaches per week, then it’s worth investigating for a potential cause. Below are four potential causes for chronic headaches that you should definitely consider.

1. Dehydration

By far the biggest act of self-sabotage we all commit is when we elect to drink any beverage that isn’t water. Chronic dehydration is a real problem in this country and, if you suffer from headaches, is the most likely cause.

You should be drinking about two liters of water per day, and limiting your intake of drinks that can be dehydrating. So the next time you have a headache, reach for a glass of water rather than a painkiller; you’ll be surprised at just how big of a difference proper hydration can make to your overall health.

2. Depression

Depression is not just a mental illness; it has a physical impact on our bodies also. If you have undiagnosed or untreated depression, then this is definitely a potential cause for persistent headaches. Speak with your doctor; they should be able to provide some clarity and help you find the right treatment.

3. TMJ Syndrome

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint; it relates to the muscles and bones of the jaw.

TMJ Syndrome is a condition that many people have without even realizing it. Essentially, the condition causes pain in the jaw and -- importantly for this article -- headaches. There is no specific known cause for TMJ, but here are a few of the other symptoms you need to be aware of:

  • Headaches
  • Aching around the ear or jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth; jaw locking.

If any of these sound familiar, then you need to head to the likes of Ideal Dentistry and other specialists in TMJ management. TMJ is very treatable, so if this is the cause of your chronic headaches, you can be reassured that there is definitely something you can do about the problem.

4. Muscular Problems In The Neck/Shoulder

Even if the pain in your head feels like it is originating in your head, there’s every chance that muscle pain and spasms in your neck and/or shoulders are the actual cause. Visit a physiotherapist; they will be able to test your muscles and ascertain if there are any muscular issues that may be causing headaches.

On a final note, if you have severe, chronic, persistent headaches then you should discuss the issue with a doctor. A medical professional can help you identify the issue, and set you on the right course of treatment, which will hopefully bring relief. There’s no reason to just accept severe, chronic headaches as a part of life, so get the help you need, and you’ll be back to your best in no time.

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