The Scary Truth About What Constant Headaches May Mean for Your Health

When a headache hits, your focus immediately turns to the jarring pain coming from the front, back, or side of your head (and don’t get us started on the ones that target the eye socket). That said, headaches come in various packages and some can have an immense effect on your health.

How so? Well, for starters, there’s always a reason for a headache. Whether it be fatigue, sinus problems, or something a little more serious …

A brain tumor

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This is about as serious as it gets. | iStock.com

If you experience regular headaches, it may be due to a more serious cause — i.e. a brain tumor. That said, the likelihood of this happening is on the rarer side of the spectrum. So, before you self-diagnose yourself on WebMD, keep track of how frequent you are experiencing headaches (and how severe) and schedule an appointment with your physician.

Anemia

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You probably didn’t think it could be an indication of this problem. | Picsfive/iStock/Getty Images

Another cause of headaches? Anemia. According to this article on Fergon, headaches are a lesser-known symptom of anemia and often can be attributed to low iron levels.

In addition to low iron levels, high iron levels may also cause headaches. Consult your doctor to ensure you’re getting the right dosage of iron supplements.

Chronic disease

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It could be due to a chronic disease. | iStock.com/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

If you suffer from a chronic disease, you may also consistently experience headaches. We recommend speaking with your doctor about why you may be susceptible to headaches and how you can treat them.

Sinus problems

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Do you think it’s due to your sinuses? | Sam Edwards/OJO Images/Getty Images

Contrary to popular belief, sinus headaches aren’t that common. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, they’re often associated with migraines that are not brought on by sinus problems. That said, if you do have sinus problems, you may experience a headache that feels similar to a migraine (sans the nausea).

If you have a sinus headache, you most-likely feel pressure, pain, and fullness in your cheeks, brow, or forehead. And worsening pain when you bend over or lie down.

Stress

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Stress isn’t doing your body any good. | iStock.com/kieferpix

It’s no secret that stress can affect our health tremendously. That said, it can also trigger headaches. The best way to nip a stress-related headache in the bud is to find ways to de-stress your body. Take a relaxing bath, meditate for a couple of minutes a day, or give yoga a try.

Dehydration

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Drinking plenty of water will keep your body going strong. | Tokkyneo/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve ever lacked on your water intake only to be met with a headache, you know exactly what dehydration headaches feel like. And they’re not fun. That said, a headache caused by dehydration is super easy to prevent. Keep a bottle of water on hand at all times. And, if you’re not a fan of water, try spicing things up with sparkling.

Types of headaches to look out for

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There are a number of different types of headaches. | iStock.com/the-lightwriter

Here are the types of headaches to look out for:

Migraines: According to the Mayo Clinic, a migraine “is a headache that strikes after or along with sensory disturbances called aura.” That said, sensory disturbances can be anything from a glaring flash of light, blind spots, or even spending too much time on the computer.

Cluster headaches: As one of the most painful types of headaches, cluster headaches typically occur in clusters around one eye or on one side of your head.

Tension headaches: According to the Mayo Clinic, “a tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in your head that’s often described as feeling like a tight band around your head.”

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