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Why do I get headaches? – ‘The Why’

“Why do I get headaches?”

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that too.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

“Why do I get headaches?” you ask?

Researching the answer to questions like this could cause a headache in fact.  But seriously, folks, as it turns out before one can provide a comprehensive answer to this one we must first consider what a headache actually is.  According to Medline Plus a headache is defined as a “pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. “

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Why do I get headaches?

“I know what a headache is but “why do I get headaches?” you ask?  Online research of several sources including HowStuffWorks indicates that there are but two reasons why folks get headaches.  Physicians put headaches into two categories: primary and secondary.

Doctors define primary headaches as those linked to an underlying medical condition.  They define secondary headaches as those related to medical conditions like such as dental conditions, fever, head injury, hypoglycemia, increased pressure in the skull, sinuses (sinus headaches), tumors and/or various infections.

Read the definitions again.  Now determine which type of headache you have.  Once that is done we can accurately answer the question: “Why do I get headaches?”

If you get primary headaches then chances are you get them for one of a few common reasons.  Those reasons include:

Blood Flow: Too much blood flowing to the brain can cause primary headaches.  (Yeah, there’s a joke about men in there somewhere but we’d best behave for now.)  Blood flow is believed to be the possible cause of not only small primary headaches but possibly cluster headaches too which occur repeatedly and on one specific side of your head.   (Alcohol could also cause cluster headaches but the votes aren’t all in yet on that one so let’s move on.)

You Starbucks aficionados take special note.  Caffeine reduces blood flow in the brain.  Pain relievers sometimes contain caffeine.  If you suck down caffeine every morning and then stop you could give yourself a headache simply because suddenly you’ve increased the flow of blood in your brain.

Reduced Blood Flow: reduced blood flow can also trigger a primary headache.  Specifically, a reduction of blood flow to different areas of the cerebral cortex will easily cause a migraine.

Muscle Strain: muscle strains in your head or neck can call what some call tension headaches.

Emotional Stress: Anytime you experience emotional stress be prepared for a tension headache as this too can cause this type of primary headache.

Eye Strain:  ALW loves all of you guys out there reading our articles—yours truly has even gone out for drinks with readers–BUT please be careful if you are reading this on a smartphone.  Eye strain is yet another cause of tension headaches.

Finally, we come to secondary headaches.  Secondary headaches have multiple causes as well.  Secondary headaches are caused by other specific issues with your body.  One common cause of secondary headaches not already mentioned above is the flu.  Yes, when your body is sick often your brain can suffer as well.

“Why do I get headaches?”  Now you know.

(Of course, if you still have doubts you can always ask the doctor.)

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

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“Why do I get headaches?”

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.

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