If you’re used to migraines, it’s fair to say that you might have developed a variety of tips and tricks to reduce their impact on your life. Migraines, unfortunately, tend to have a pattern. For some people, it starts with cravings for food and rapidly evolves into painful attacks.
Women, especially, are more likely to develop hormonal migraines as they get their first periods. Ultimately, the connection to your hormones makes it difficult to manage. Your hormones react to a variety of factors, starting with contraceptive pills – of course – but also stress, depression, and loneliness. As a result, many women struggle with migraines throughout their lives. There is only so much you can do. While painkillers might work at first, your body can get used to the medication, which means that in the long term, you might be left without a solution to take the edge off your headache.
However, migraines are only one type of headaches. If you’ve never had any migraine attack in the past, it is likely that your pain might be the result of something else.
These are the top three most overlooked causes of headaches in adults:
Your jaw is the culprit
You might not have heard of TMJ( temporomandibular joint) before. It’s the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. Disorders that relate to your TMJ can affect your jaw movements – it can feel as if your jaw were stuck in place or clicking as you’re trying to open your mouth. More often than not, TMJ issues are painless. However, the joint puts pressure on your ear and can cause headaches when it’s affected. Your dentist is the best person to diagnose the issue and help you to find the best treatment. In some cases, an operation is necessary.
You don’t sleep enough
Short nights, who cares? You’ll get your sleep back over the weekend, right? Wrong! There is no such thing as a sleep credit; you can replenish next time you can have a lie-in. When you don’t sleep enough, ultimately, your body develops what is called a tension headache. The reason is simple: sleep deprivation increases the stress factors for your body. As a rule of the thumb, you should try to get your 8 hours every night. Lack of sleep can not only affect your health, but in the long term, it also shrinks your brain, which reduces the volume of grey matters.
You eat the wrong kind of food
Did you know that your favourite food could trigger vascular headaches? If you tend to feel sore after eating, you might want to keep a list of your meals to identify the culprit. Alcohol and caffeine are, of course, top of the list. But broad beans, sour cream, peanut butter, cheddar and soy sauce can also trigger headaches. If you’ve never had migraines in the past, you might also want to consider food intolerance tests as lactose intolerance is a common factor of sore heads! It’s a good idea to discuss your findings with your GP as you might need to be referred to a professional nutritionist.
In conclusion, next time you’ve got a headache, you might want to think twice before taking painkillers. Ultimately, your body is trying to tell you something; painkillers won’t sort the issue. So you need to learn to listen to your body.
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