What’s Causing Your Chronic Headaches?

Chronic headaches are making life more difficult for over 4 million Americans. The condition not only stops many from focusing at work or spending time with their families, but it’s also associated with a higher risk of depression and anxiety

Your headaches are considered chronic if you experience them at least 15 times per month. Although medication and management therapies are helpful, getting to the root of your pain may enable you to eliminate it entirely.

At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas we take a holistic approach. Instead of focusing only on the management of your symptoms, we also try to figure out what’s causing your pain. To help you, we put together a list of a few risk factors for chronic headaches, along with a list of underlying conditions that may cause them.

Caffeine sensitivity 

Millions of Americans enjoy their morning coffee, but some suffer from caffeine sensitivity, which can trigger headaches. 

However, just because you have a lower tolerance to caffeine doesn’t necessarily mean you’re allergic to it. You can still have products containing caffeine, but in smaller amounts. 

Psychological stress 

Perhaps the most common cause of headaches, chronic stress can lead to recurring tension headaches. If you suspect stress may be at the root of your pain, keep a journal of your migraines and pay attention to whether a stressful event occurs before each. 

Artificial fragrances 

Have you ever caught a whiff of your co-worker’s perfume only to get a migraine 10 minutes later?

Studies show that being exposed to strong fragrances can trigger allergic reactions and headaches in some people. If strong perfumes cause you to have headaches, opt for fragrance-free soaps, shower gels, and shampoos. 

Exposure to pesticides 

The EPA warns that insecticides used indoors can also cause headaches, as can sanitizers and sterilizers used for cleaning purposes.

If you use a lot of cleaning products and bug repellants, look into nontoxic alternatives. 

Underlying conditions that can lead to chronic headaches 

Headaches are often caused by internal issues such as anemia, sinus infections, intracranial pressure, injuries, and inflammation. 

In rare cases, tumors can lead to chronic headaches. At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute, our pain specialists will analyze your medical history to determine what’s causing your pain. 

How chronic headaches are treated 

Depending on the cause of your headaches, our pain specialists offer a large variety of pain-management therapies, including stress management, medication, massage therapy, and Botox® injections. 

If you live in the DFW area and suffer from chronic headaches, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can help you get a clearer idea of what’s contributing to your condition and provide a customized treatment plan. 

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