Headaches are annoying, we all know it. They are generally aggravated by many factors, both internal, and externals, and usually they are passing away when common analgesics are administered (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol). A morning headache is another common and annoying symptom. The onset is common in adolescence or in childhood, with a peak frequency between 25 and 55 years.
Causes of headaches
- Dietary causes – Some foods (and alcohol), frequent jumping over meals or inadequate meals, quitting coffee consumption, and dehydration are implicated. Monosodium glutamate is also frequently involved.
- Physiological causes – Stress, hunger, fatigue. In women, headaches often occur around menstruation but other hormonal changes are also involved, such as using oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and so forth.
- Emotional causes – Emotions or relaxation after a stressful period can cause headaches.
- Sleep – Changes in sleep patterns, both lack or excessive sleep.
- Other lifestyle changes – intense exercises, long distance travel, especially in different time zone.
- Environmental factors – intense or flashing lights, strong smells, and frequent weather changes.
Signs and symptoms of headaches
Symptoms are present during the headache attack. Between attacks, most affected people have no symptoms.
Headaches are felt as a high pressure is exerted on the head.
It is manifested by nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression or euphoria of variable duration.
Some people are unusually active during this period and might have some food cravings.
More brutal headaches may affect vision (both eyes) (black spots, bright dots, flashing or zigzag-colored lines). There may also be sensory symptoms, such as needles, stinging, numbness, that usually occurs at the fingers and then stretches across the arm and face.
Other symptoms vertigo or, rarely, weakness.
Classical headache is bilateral, pulsatile, moderately to severe, progressively increased in intensity and is aggravated by physical activity. Most often, a headache occurs in the forehead area or in the back of the head area.
More severe headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, noise or odors, fatigue, or irritability. In basal migraine, vertigo, dizziness, or confusion often occur.
To feel better, most people prefer to stay in a room where there is silence and darkness. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol are among the most common analgesics used to combat headaches.
Why do the headaches appear?
If you wake up with a headache in the morning, you must know that you can get rid of it by removing the causes.
Your morning headache can have several causes, most easily to be removed. Even if you often have headache in the morning, you do not have to scare yourself, because in general they are not the sign of a very serious problem.
Here are the 5 things your morning headache is trying to tell you.
- You’re scratching your teeth during the night
Many people have this problem, medically called bruxism, without knowing it. In the morning you can often wake up with headaches, especially in the temples, caused by the overwork of the facial muscles.
Other signs of bruxism are:
- dental hypersensitivity
- burning sensation in the tongue
- “blunt” teeth
If you suspect that you may suffer from bruxism, ask for the help of a dentist who will diagnose you and provide you with the solution.
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