What’s causing my throbbing headache?
It could be due to the following:
1) Your age: If you are over 40 years old, it is likely your brain is not fully developed yet.
You may have some problems with your cerebellum or even worse, you might suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. These types of diseases cause memory loss and other mental issues. They can affect anyone at any time!
2) Your hormones: Hormones like estrogen and testosterone play a major role in how your brain develops.
Low levels of these chemicals can cause headaches. Some women experience migraines when they are pregnant, while others do not. However, if you have had one or both of those conditions before, then you will probably still feel the effects even after giving birth.
3) Other medical conditions: Certain illnesses such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, thyroid disorders, and many others can cause headaches.
Even healthy individuals can develop migraine headaches during certain stages of their life. For example, menopause is often associated with a decrease in the number of female hormone receptors in the brain. Menstruation is usually followed by a drop in blood pressure which causes headaches.
4) Anxiety: It is known that anxiety can cause headaches.
This is called “psychogenic headache”. Usually, these types of headaches start to appear when you are in your early 20’s. If you have always had them, then it means you probably have some deep-seated issues that need to be solved.
5) Tension: This type of headache affects people who spend too much time focusing on one specific thing.
Students are the most common victims of this type of headache. They spend most of their time studying and often forget to take breaks. The human brain can only focus on one task for an extended period of time before getting fatigued.
6) Bright lights: If you have a condition known as photophobia, then any type of light can cause headaches.
The most common lights are fluorescent lights which are found in most workplaces and classrooms. You may also suffer from this condition if you are afraid of the dark.
How do I get rid of my throbbing headache?
The fastest way to get rid of a headache is with painkillers. You can buy them over the counter or you can ask your doctor for a prescription. Below you will find a list of painkillers and their ingredients. Always take the medication exactly how it was prescribed to you.
Aspirin: It is a common pain killer which can reduce a headache in most cases. It is available without a prescription and can be bought over the counter. Make sure you don’t take too much of it, though, since it can be toxic to your liver and intestines. New data has shown that it might help prevent heart attacks.
Ibuprofen: This ingredient is found in many painkillers. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It can also reduce fevers and act as an antipyretic. It works by blocking the production of prostaglandins which are hormone-like molecules that promote inflammation.
Paracetamol: Also known as acetaminophen or Tylenol, this drug has been used to treat headaches for decades. It can help relieve mild pain caused by a concussion or dental procedures.
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