Headaches and Migraines
Practically everyone experiences a headache every now and then. But when headaches become a chronic condition or generate severe pain, as is the case with migraines, you may need medical care to provide relief.
There are more than 150 different kinds of headaches – a long list that includes tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, sinus headaches, spinal headaches, and those related to hormonal imbalances and post-traumatic injuries, to name a few.
Basically, headache pain is caused by signals that are transmitted from the muscles in your head or nerves in your blood vessels to your brain. These pain signals can be triggered by a wide variety of factors, including:
- Illnesses, such as fever or respiratory infection that produce pressure or inflammation of soft tissues
- Injuries, such as a concussion
- Stress that is the result of elevated levels of adrenaline and cortisol, poor eating habits, excess consumption of alcohol, or lack of sleep
- Muscular injury from poor posture or overuse of neck muscles
- Exposure to chemical toxins or environmental pollutants
- Genetics, if headaches or migraines run in your family