Headaches are infuriating enough, but if they are a constant headaches indicating a life threatening disease, you should seek the attention of a doctor for treatment such as migraines, sinuses, and cluster headaches.
The pain and uncomfortableness that one experiences during constant headaches originate from a confusion of signals between the blood vessels, brain, and the nearby nerves. When some of the specific nerves, head muscles, and blood vessels twitch, the pain signals are sent to your brain as a result.
The causes of a headache can be many, such as illness, a stress headache, bad posture, anxiety or environmental factors. An occasional headache can be easily treated with over-the-counter medicines. But they are constant headaches you need the attention of medical personnel for proper treatment such as migraines, sinuses, and cluster headaches.
What are Constant Headaches?
Constant headaches are encountered by almost everyone at some stage of their life. Many times, if individuals who are not suffering from a serious condition are diagnosed with constant headaches, they tend to put off seeking medical help for as long as they can. But here is the question: Is this right to ignore the symptoms for longer periods?
Ordinary Constant Headaches or a Deadly Disorder?
Often people can be seen complaining about the constant headaches that they are experiencing. It might hinder them from performing ordinary tasks on a daily basis. More often than not, constant headaches are just a reaction of the body to the environmental changes but sometimes, the constant headaches are the indication of deadly diseases inside your body.
Simply put, the constant headaches can be a symptom of a simple organic disorder or it can be signaling a complicated or serious disorder within the body. You can find out only after a thorough examination by a doctor.
When to Visit a Doctor for Constant Headaches?
Most of the time, headaches are caused by the environmental changes or due to some other viral infections, but they can also be a symptom of serious conditions such as brain tumor, viral meningitis(1), and stroke.
Ending up with a headache doesn’t necessarily mean that you are on the verge of having a stroke or being diagnosed with some other deadly disease. So there isn’t any need for a CT scan or emergency visit to the hospital if your constant headache does not:
- Occur severely or suddenly.
- Cause blinding pain.
- Get worse every other day.
- Resumes after a brain injury.
- Take place as a result of sudden physical movements or is followed by sneezing or coughing.
- Cause weakness, confusion, drowsiness, slurred speech or memory loss.
- Follow by high temperature, rashes, stiff neck, vision problems and severe pain and redness in the eye.
If you experience these symptoms along with a bone crunching constant headache, then immediately visit your nearest Accidental or Emergency Department (A&E) as you might be suffering from brain swelling, abnormal cell mutation, stroke, or some other serious medical condition.
Diagnosis of Constant Headaches
It is extremely important to make a note of all the symptoms that are followed by the constant headaches so that the doctors can diagnose you correctly. Moreover, make a headache diary where you write down all the symptoms, the things that make your headache worse or better, try to give a full description of all the factors associated with your headaches.
The doctors will not suggest a CT or MRI scan if the reason for your constant headache is environmental or less life-threatening. EEG or Electroencephalogram would also be unnecessary if you have never lost your consciousness during your headaches.
If your symptoms persist or get worse over time, ask your doctor to refer you to a good headache specialist for treatment.
Constant headaches that are caused due to a stroke, viral meningitis, or tumor, can be effectively dealt with by an experienced medical specialist. After the diagnoses and treatment, your chronic headaches are likely to go away. But if environmental factors, unusual sleep pattern or dehydration is the cause of your constant headaches, then begin the treatment program(2) designed by your doctor and try to stay clear of all factors that might trigger your headaches all over again.