Headache every day, not your everyday headache

Many people all over the world are having trouble with headaches every day. There are many different kinds of headaches and they all have different symptoms. Even every single person who experience som kind of headache will have a unique pain. The headache symptoms are divided into four different phases and different people go through different phases. There are not much you can do to get rid of your headache but there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and prevent it from occuring at all. You can read more about migraine headaches treatment here.

Some people have trouble with headaches very often, for a very long time. This is called chronic headache and have many different types of which you can read here. By having headaches every day could manifest in different ways, some people wake up with a pulsuating headache. Some people who suffer from a constant headache with no pain free time has another type of headache called cluster headaches, which is the worst type of headache you can get. People who is actually have problem with cluster headaches have talked to an experienced doctor, a neurologist. Neurologist are specialists when it comes to the brain and can help you determine which type of headache you’re suffering from. The neurologist will then do a few tests to rule out other possible symptoms because cluster headaches is a rather rare neurological disorder. If you suffer from headaches everyday I would advise you to talk to a neurologist. If you wake up with headaches in the morning I recommend you to check your current condition, like sleeping patterns, loss of energy during every day activities, trouble with concentration etc.

I have myself during a period of my life experienced headache. I was about 7 years old at the time and me, my two brothers and my dad was driving home after a nice day at the beach. Somewhere along the road we stopped at a a crossing with a red light. When the light turned green we continued driving, seconds later it all went black. What we didn’t notice was that the driver from the other direction didn’t stop when the light turned red hon his side (since he was drunk) and hit our car in full speed.

A few months after the accident I started to get very painful headaches, migraines. The doctor thought it was after the whip-lash effect the collision had had on my neck, and my neck was very tense. What I had got was Chronic tension-type headache. The headaches kept coming, several days per week. It was not too often that I woke up and had a constant headache every day. My problems didn’t stop until about 6-7 years later. I tried a lot of things but it had almost no effect on me whatsoever, but the headaches eventually stopped. My theory is that the neck was remembering the damage it had taken and I got really tense in the neck as a result of that. I guess what helped me was relaxation exercises and visiting a doctor who massaged my neck. The massage was focused on finding trigger points in the neck who triggered my headaches and by using a press and release technique he helped the muscles relax and in the long run, me. Thanks to a lot of effort and patience I have no problem with headaches at all! I suggest you do a little reading on this site if you found this site by searching for “headaches every day”.

Pregnant and headache

It is not uncommon for women to get headaches during their pregnancy. As a matter of fact most women do. The intensity of the headache can vary from person to person and the headaches can continue in extreme cases during the whole pregnancy. Usually when it comes to pregnancy headaches we divide them into three trimesters (three months) just as we do with the pregnancy. In most cases the headaches stop or is at least less frequent after the first trimester.

If the headaches is just as frequent after the first and second trimester it will probably continue throughout the whole pregnancy and you might consider starting some preventive treatment. Remember that headache can make you really exhausted and being pregnant on top of that can be devastating. The kind of treatment should not be strong medicines since it can start another type of headache called analgesic rebound headaches. Analgesic rebound headaches comes from overusing medicines and should be seen as a strong warning for stop using medicines! Instead of going for the most effective medicines right away, try to start with a non-drug based medicine. It might just work good enough and you won’t get all the nasty side effects which stronger medicines can give you.

Some of the non-drug based medicines used in preventive treatment contains:

  • Gabapentin
  • Magnesium
  • Propranolol

Remember that taking medicines in general during pregnancy is something you should try to avoid as much as you can. And if you start taking preventive medicines for headache during pregnancy you should have your doctor to check up on your on a regular basis. All the medicines are categorized A, B, C, D and X depending on the risk of birth defects. Categories A is quite uncommon since the effect is so mild (effect on the headache), category B is for the first and second trimester. Some medicines even change category (to a D for example) since the risks of birth defect increase with some preventive medicines over time. Category D and X is a total “no go” during pregnancy!