Headache: Need to Know

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Headache: Need to Know

Headache is a universal ailment: we all get headaches at some time.

There are many different causes for headache. Common causes are:

  • Tension headache – caused by stress and anxiety and tiredness; can be quite severe and felt over any area of the head & neck (neck stiffness is quite common).
  • Migraine – very specific type of headache that involves vision changes, nausea, and sudden severe attacks).
  • Sinus congestion  – causes headache around the face and eyes mainly; associated with sneezing and or nasal stuffiness.

Tension headache is the most common by far but it is really important to see your doctor about headache and not just to get pills (pain pills can actually cause headaches to get worse over time) but to disucss what is causing the headaches and how to prevent/manage them.

More-serious or sinister causes for headache (e.g. brain cancer, meningitis) are much less common – these possibilities should not be ignored of course (see your doctor) but on balance too many people with headache worry exclusively about this sort of thing when they might be better off considering the lifestyle issues that are more-likely to be at the root of the headache problem.

In many cases headaches are really caused by life and lifestyle issues such as tiredness and stress: the “easy” approach of simply taking painkillers tends to make this worse over time so the very best advice on headaches is to try to identify and address the cause.



About the Author:

Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today. Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction. Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.

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