Headaches – what are the causes?

November 12, 2012

Headaches – what are the causes?

Headaches are probably one of the most common complaints among many people and can be caused by any number of environmental or genetic factors.

Headaches are a common every day problem which most of us have experienced and which no-one really seems to know the cause of or the cure for. Of course we all have our pet theories and remedies but headaches often appear to come and go for no apparent reason. Just as there are a wide variety of cures and remedies for headaches so there are very many different kinds of headaches – perhaps recognizing the type of headache you have will help you to discover the cause. Many times there is no indication that a headache is going to start which makes identifying the headache cause even more difficult.

Common causes

  • Genetic link – as with many medical conditions it is possible that headache causes may be.

  • Eyestrain – everybody should have their eyes checked every two years to ensure there has been no unnoticed vision deterioration

  • Anxiety, stress, depression are all recognized as possible headache causes.

  • High blood pressure

  • Menstruation

  • Sensitivity to certain substances or even smells

  • Pregnancy

Whilst there are many headache causes it is safe to say that there is no such thing as a typical headache – and different types of headache with different causes may require different methods of treatment. It should also be noted that what causes a headache in one person may not necessarily cause a headache in another. Once you have determined the cause of your headache you may then be able to move forward with treatment, do not be afraid to use painkillers – there is little point in unnecessary suffering.


There are many available treatments for headache sufferers – over the counter at the chemist, on the shelf at the supermarket – in fact almost everywhere you go will have some kind of pain medication available to buy. Most painkillers will help alleviate the pain you are experiencing but obviously will not deal with the cause. If you are suffering from regular, intense headaches you should seek the advice of your medical practitioner.


Once again, as with headache causes, the symptoms of headache are also varied with some patients experience mild pain which passes within a few hours to those who find their headache to be totally disabling for a number of hours.


Migraine is different from a normal headache and is often an extremely debilitating experience. Migraine sufferers frequently also suffer, during or before an attack, from sensitivity to light; nausea and vomiting; flashing lights; disorientation; vision disturbance. There are a number of products available which are intended to be taken at the first sign of a migraine – many sufferers have their own signal or aura and are aware that a migraine is on its way.

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