Lets face it; everyone gets a headache every now and then. We usually pop a couple of over the counter pills and carry on with the day. There are various reasons why people get headaches, such as, stress, lack of sleep or oversleeping, lack of exercise, bad nutrition, hangovers or as symptoms of a more serious illnesses.
Since we all have headaches at one point or another, we may tend to brush off headaches that may be tell tale signs to something more serious. The Doctors Book of Home Remedies (2001) suggests that the following factors warrant a trip to the doctors’ office:
You are over 40 and never had recurring headaches before.
The headaches have changed locations.
The headaches are getting stronger.
The headaches are coming more frequently.
The headaches do not fit a recognizable pattern; that is, there seems to be nothing in particular that triggers them.
Headaches have begun to disrupt your life; you’ve missed work on several occasions.
The headaches are accompanied by neurological symptoms, such as numbness, dizziness, blurred vision or memory loss.
The headaches coincide with other medical problems or pain.