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Why Do I Get Headaches?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Your headache symptoms can help your doctor determine the cause and the appropriate treatment. Most headaches aren't the result of a serious illness, but some may result from a life-threatening condition requiring emergency care.Headaches are generally classified by cause:

Primary headaches A primary headache is caused by problems with or overactivity of pain-sensitive structures in your head. A primary headache isn't a symptom of an underlying disease. Chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels of your head outside your skull, or muscles of your head and neck — or some combination of these factors — may play a role in primary headaches. Some people may carry genes that make them more likely to develop such headaches.

The most common primary headaches are:

  1. Cluster headache

  2. Migraine (with and without aura)

  3. Tension headache (medically known as tension-type headache)

  4. Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC), including cluster headache and paroxysmal hemicrania

There are other headache patterns that are generally considered types of primary headache but are less common. These headaches have distinct features, such as an unusual duration or pain associated with a certain activity. Although these headaches are generally considered primary, each of them could be a symptom of an underlying disease. These headaches include:

  1. Chronic daily headaches

  2. Cough headaches

  3. Exercise headaches

  4. Sex headaches

Some primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Alcohol, particularly red wine

  • Certain foods, such as processed meats that contain nitrates

  • Changes in sleep or lack of sleep

  • Poor posture

  • Skipped meals

  • Stress

Secondary headaches A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions — varying greatly in severity — may cause secondary headaches. Sources of secondary headaches include:

  1. Acute sinusitis

  2. Arterial tears (carotid or vertebral dissections)

  3. Blood clot (venous thrombosis) within the brain — separate from stroke

  4. Brain aneurysm (a bulge in an artery in your brain)

  5. Brain AVM (an abnormal formation of brain blood vessels)

  6. (both cancerous and noncancerous)

  7. Carbon monoxide poisoning

  8. Chiari malformation (structural problem at the base of your skull)

  9. Concussion

  10. Congenital heart disease in adults

  11. Dental problems

  12. Ear infection (middle ear)

  13. Encephalitis (brain inflammation)

  14. Giant cell arteritis (inflammation of the lining of the arteries)

  15. Glaucoma

  16. Hangovers

  17. Influenza (flu)

  18. Intracranial hematoma (blood vessel ruptures in the brain)

  19. Medications to treat other disorders

  20. Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord)

  21. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  22. Overuse of pain medication

  23. Panic attacks and panic disorder

  24. Post-concussion syndrome

  25. Pressure from tight-fitting headgear, such as a helmet or goggles

  26. Pseudotumor cerebri (increased pressure inside the skull)

  27. Toxoplasmosis

  28. Trigeminal neuralgia (disruption of the nerve connecting the face and brain)

Possible Treatments:

1. Medication - many people are taking medication for the rest of their life to treat symptoms of a headache. There are pros/cons to this as it may help with symptoms of headache - you are risking damage to heart, kidney, brain, stomach, intestines, liver, etc.

2. Drink more water and eat less junk foods - consider taking high quality supplementation of vitamins and minerals.

3. Specific Chiropractic adjustments has been shown help your body improve in healthy, vitality, and overall wellness. If you have a misalignment in your neck, you will benefit from an adjustment which can significantly help to reduce and/or eliminate headaches. No surgery or medication is used.

4. Acupuncture - may also be considered in improving your health and function.

Headache doctors in Boca Raton are offering headache relief an treatment.

Common questions/ statements from headache suffers:

If any of these statements apply to you - we encourage to make an appointment with our office for a complimentary consultation. You may have a misalignment in your upper neck that needs to be corrected.

Why does my head hurt everyday?

Can a misalignment in neck cause a headache?

Headache in back of head hurts, what is the cause?

Where can I get headache relief?

Natural headache relief in Boca Raton.

Headache clinic in Boca Raton.

Headache Specialist Boca Raton.

Headache behind my eyes.

Headache behind my ears.

Headache in the back of my head.

Headache in the side of my face

Headache with blurred vision.

Headache and allergies.

Headache and dizziness.

Headache and chills.

There are headache specialists in Boca Raton and around the country using medications and surgery to treat headaches. Our Boca Raton Specific Chiropractors may offer relief for headaches without medication or surgery.

Most people prefer a natural solution with less side effects/affects and consequences to your health and body.


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