According to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, about 80% of women experience a headache at least once a month. Many of us, feeling a headache, take a painkiller not thinking about what caused it.

Meanwhile, experts advise paying attention to the circumstances preceding the appearance of pain. Avoiding such factors you save yourself from migraines!

According to the international classification, patients can have 13 main groups and 162 types of headaches, most of which have nothing to do with the head itself. We identified 15 leading causes of headaches.

Some food

For example, cheese, chocolate, Coca-Cola, or too fatty foods that contain a lot of cholesterol. With a tendency to increased pressure, it is better to go on a low-cholesterol diet.


Absolutely contraindicated for frequent, severe headaches because the brain does not receive nutrients.

Some Medicines cause headache

Even medications for the treatment of headaches can cause it. Drugs should be taken only as prescribed by a doctor, to strictly maintain the dose, because an overdose can cause this side effect.

The headache after overdosing by Cialis usually occurs on one side of the head. It can pulsate, amplify with movement and be accompanied by intolerance to light and sounds. Before taking drugs like Cialis or Levitra patients should carefully study the instruction for use.

For example, sildenafil which is the main active ingredient of Viagra can induce the onset of a headache. Headache and dizziness are two more common complaints of people taking antibiotics like Amoxil. But usually, they pass after the end of the course of treatment.

Vitamins and trace elements

If they are taken in high doses. An overdose of vitamins of group D is especially dangerous.


The stress response is individual and depends on the type of nervous system. The negative impact of stress may not appear immediately but after a while. Against the background of prolonged stress, migraines can become permanent.


If you notice that a headache comes after drinking alcohol, it means that it is contraindicated to you.


Nicotine and tar contained in cigarettes constrict blood vessels, the walls of blood vessels become brittle, their tone is even more disturbed.

High or low pillow during sleep

It also matters with headaches. It is noticed that hypertensive patients almost always choose a high pillow, and hypotension – low.

Heat, cold

Heat is especially dangerous for hypertensive patients. Let it be a reason to wear a beautiful straw hat. If possible, it is better not to go out into strong heat in the street, and even more so – not to work physically, not to bend over.

In tropical countries, there is a siesta time – the midday heat, when everyone is at home and sleeping. But they get up very early and finish work late. So residents of southern countries protect themselves from the hot climate.

The cold is just as harmful as the heat: the vessels of the brain narrow, the blood circulation is disturbed, which leads to a headache.

Smells can cause headaches sometimes

Even the most expensive perfumes very often provoke a headache. The reaction to smells is very individual: someone does not tolerate the pungent smell of perfume, someone cant stand of gasoline fumes or the smell of sweat. If you tend to react strongly to odors, you should just avoid them – at least in high concentrations.

Overwork and lack of sleep

Exhaustion and lack of sleep, manifested by a headache, remind workaholics that it is time to relax and unwind.

Premenstrual syndrome

It is a dominant factor in women’s migraines. Headaches caused by PMS, as a rule, are aggravated in the premenopausal period and completely disappear after the end of menstruation.

Lack of sex life

For those with highly developed sexuality, this can be a real problem. This fact indicates the involvement of sex hormones in the mechanism of the occurrence of headaches. Both men and women may suffer. A pill of Kamagra can greatly improve the quality of your sex life.

Inconvenient posture during work

Working posture during sedentary work contributes to the development of osteochondrosis of the spine which causes headaches. Massage and exercise will help.

Incompetent manual therapy

Treatment from a poor specialist can lead to instability of the cervical vertebrae, clamping of the artery and impaired blood supply to the brain. Therefore, choose qualified professionals.

What to do?

If the headache is not chronic but is repeated from time to time due to stressful, noise or other irritating factors, then you can try to get rid of it without consulting your doctor.

  • Take a pill. Painkillers will relieve the spasm and will have a dilutive effect on the blood, thereby contributing to the outflow of blood and reduce intracranial pressure. In order for the tablet to act faster, it is important to take a horizontal position and relax in silence for at least 30-40 minutes.
  • Drink more liquids. Increased blood density affects blood circulation and contributes to venous stasis. That is why it is so important to monitor the body’s water balance, trying to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  • Massage. If you feel discomfort in the occipital region and neck, then you can try to alleviate your condition with a massage of the head and neck area.
  • Drink tea or coffee. Many people think that caffeine and headache are incompatible. It is true when it comes to high blood pressure. If your pressure is normal, then a cup of strong tea or coffee will help to quickly deal with a headache (caffeine has a widening effect on the vessels, as a result of which venous congestion is relieved and the pain goes)

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