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43 Surprising Causes Of Headache

43 Surprising Causes Of Headache

There are many catalysts that can create the headache, and medical literature has complied a lengthy compendium of causes.

43 Surprising Causes Of Headache













Culled from several sources, below is a summary of the most common triggers for migraine, cluster, rebound and tension headaches. Some of them you may be familiar with, but there is no shortage of surprising ones.

1. Beer

2. Red wine

3. Aged cheese

4. Soy

5. Smoked fish

6. Meats containing nitrates (bacon, hot dogs, salami, cured meats)

7. Processed foods

8. Fermented foods

9. Pickled foods

10. Marinated foods

11. Chocolate

12. Nuts

13. Dairy products

14. Aspartame

15. Skipping meals

16. Bright lights

17. Sun glare

18. Loud sounds

19. Pleasant scents, such as perfume

20. Unpleasant odors, such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke

21. Smoking

22. Hormonal changes in women before or during their periods, during pregnancy, or menopause

23. Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy

24. Jet lag

25. Changes in wake-sleep pattern

26. Not enough sleep

27. Too much sleep

28. Sleeping in a cold room

29. Sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position

30. Head and neck in an abnormal position while working (typing, microscope viewing, etc)

31. Intense physical exertion

32. Sexual activity

33. Change of weather or barometric pressure

34. High altitudes (hiking, air travel)

35. Heat (hot weather, hot baths)

36. Colds, the flu or a sinus infection

37. Jaw clenching or teeth grinding

38. Eye strain

39. Head injury

40. Stress

41. Depression

42. Anxiety

Serious causes of headaches are rare, but sometimes headaches warn of a more severe disorder.

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