Both men and women alike are afflicted by headache pains at least at one point in their lives. While some headaches are more common in one gender than the other, the pain is still the same and has to be dealt with. Chronic headaches can be debilitating and can cause productive hours being lost when you have to lie in bed. One way to deal with the pain is to figure out your headache causes and triggers. Only then, can you find ways to prevent these headache causes. After all, prevention is just as important as treatment.
To properly track your headache causes, it is best to maintain a headache diary. You can then have proper records of when your headaches occur, how bad they are and what the accompanying symptoms are. In this manner, you have written notes to tell them to your doctor. You should also note down the activities that you were doing just prior to your headaches, what you ate and drank for breakfast, lunch and dinner, how you slept, any new products that you have used, and any medications that you took. All of these observations are extremely helpful in figuring out what your headache causes are.
Some medications are also known as headache causes. So it is important to tell them to your headache doctor. Unfortunately he or she may advise you that you cannot stop these medications. These medications include those that are used for high blood pressure, seizures and ulcers. Sometimes drugs that are used for heart problems will also cause headaches. Birth control pills can also be headache causes. This is because they are hormone adjusters.
It has been found that not eating enough food can also be result in headaches. A study involving 2,000 people found that women who went longer than 5 hours without eating were quite likely to get a headache. If a woman went more than 13 hours at night without food then this could also trigger a headache. Unfortunately researchers could not find an exact cause for this. But it is likely to be linked to a drop in blood sugar or dehydration.
Too much or too little sleep can also trigger headaches. This is why it is important to try to keep a sleep routine. You should sleep the same amount of time each night and also go to bed and get up at the same times.
There are many other types of headache triggers as well. They include certain types of food, sex, exercise, tension, noise, light, smells, smoking and alcohol. You need to identify and then eliminate the factors that result in your painful headaches. This is key to good headache care.