Recurring Headaches: Possible Causes

Many names exist for recurring headaches: migraines, cluster headaches, cervicogenic headaches, analgesic rebound headaches, etc.  They are characterized by frequent headaches and constant pain.  Upon pinning down the source of these headaches, you could easily reduce them.  


Migraines and Tension Headaches


There are several causes for migraines and tension headaches (two of the most common recurring headaches).  STRESS!!!  “Stress” cannot be stressed enough!  It affects all body systems in negative ways and provokes headaches of all kinds.  Alcohol and foods are also possible causes.  These foods include chocolate, cheese, and packaged foods with preservatives.  Even disturbances to a good night of sleep can add to recurring headaches.  Tension is a huge cause, affecting a large population.  This type of headache is felt from the back to the neck and occurs frequently.


Cluster Headaches and Rebound Affect


Symptoms of cluster headaches oftentimes include frequent bursts of pain in the temple and eye.  They are felt seasonally and with frequent bursts of pain for a period of 1 to 3 months.  For those who suffered from Cluster Headaches, it is not something that can really be fixed-- only avoided.  To avoid, stay away from foods that provoke cluster headaches and reduce stress.  


Rebound Affect headaches are common to those who have overmedicated.  Overuse of pain medications and caffeine are often used by people TO get rid of headaches.  Ironically, however, with Rebound Affect headaches, they PROMOTE them.  They also occur when medicines are taken too often.  Simply stop taking so much pain medication such as ibuprofen.


Other Types of Headaches


Many headaches lack a specific underlying cause.  Rather, recurring headaches seem to be the result of lifestyle choices and frequent activities.  Brain conditions like infections of the lining of the brain, hypertension, and sinus infections are three common causes of recurring headaches.  Allergies, pain in the joint where the jaw meets the head, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, tooth pain, and ear infections are more examples.  Depression, anxiety, and obesity are three characteristics that a person who suffers from, would go through recurring headaches often.  These are the premises for recurring headaches.  

Mayo Clinic names recurring headaches with four categories: chronic migraine, chronic tension-type headache, new daily persistent headache, and hemicrania continua.  Each one is a little bit different from the next; however, they all have similar causes and frequencies.  Just follow the advice above, mainly with lifestyle changes opposed to medicinal treatment, to remedy the daily splitting headaches.