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Having a headache is pain. Whether the pain is splitting, pulsating, or downright all-encompassing, headaches can wreak havoc on your life. And it’s even worse when your headaches seem constant as if the pain is nagging you all the damn time. Unfortunately, there is a surprisingly long list of causes of constant headaches. Some reasons behind chronic headaches are not serious, while other causes can signify a deeper health issue is at play.

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You’re stressed

Continued stress can really contribute to headache. Tension headaches happen when the muscles of the neck and scalp tense up, and this can be a physical response that your body has to stress and anxiety. This is where stress management and self-care techniques become crucial.

You’re dehydrated

With any kind of headache, a person needs to look at their health habits. One important thing to look at is water intake, as dehydration can cause headaches. Keep an eye out for obvious signs of dehydration, including having yellow pee, feeling thirsty, and having a dry mouth. Then, drink more water (of course).

You’re anemic

Anemia is a condition where you lack enough red blood cells to properly transport oxygen to tissues throughout your body. It can bring on symptoms including fatigue, feeling weak, shortness of breath, and others. If you’re having symptoms of anemia, bring them up with your doctor.

You have a chronic disease

Headache is a common side effect of many chronic health conditions. However, constant headaches would typically accompany other symptoms. If you have chronic headaches, it’s always worth talking to your doctor if anything feels off with your body to figure out if an underlying condition could be causing your issues.

You drink too much caffeine.

If you drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks every day, your body gets used to it. So when you skip it one day, your blood vessels don’t become constricted and can make your head hurt. It’s unrealistic to tell all headache patients to avoid caffeine. A maximum of two caffeinated drinks in one day is enough to avoid that withdrawal headache when you go without.

You’re trying too many headache remedies.

Mixing, matching and overusing headache treatments can potentially backfire. Sometimes, the thing you’re taking for headache starts working against you. If you’ve been taking a lot of OTC medications, try stopping for a day or drastically limiting your intake.

By: Damilola Faustino

See Also: How To Cure Early Morning Headaches

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