What Causes Recurrent Headaches?

A headache can make the difference between a positive and productive day and one that feels downright miserable. 

In some cases, headaches are debilitating, leading to missed work or school and intense emotional challenges as you attempt to cope with the pain that keeps returning. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get on the path to fewer and milder headaches.

If you’re struggling with recurrent headaches, our experienced physicians at Michigan Neurology Associates can help. We provide on-site diagnostic testing and custom treatment options, all aimed at reducing your pain and increasing your life quality.

Types of headaches

More than 300 types of headaches are known, but the primary types include:

Tension headaches are extremely common, affecting most adults at some point. They tend to feel like dull, squeezing aches on both sides of your head. 

Migraine headaches bring on more severe, throbbing pain, and often additional symptoms, such as vision changes and nausea. 

Cluster headaches are less common, but they’re especially severe and appear in clusters that can last weeks or months followed by remission of several months up to a year or more.

Causes of recurrent headaches

If you’re dealing with recurrent tension headaches, address any underlying emotional stress that’s at play, because stress is a common trigger. Fatigue can also fuel tension headaches, as can problems involving the joints or muscles in your jaw or neck.

Genetic factors may predispose you to migraine pain, but the episodes themselves may be triggered by:

The precise cause of cluster headaches remains unknown, but abnormalities in the body clock seem to play a role. There are no known lifestyle triggers for this type of headache. 

Other less common causes of headaches include aneurysm, which is a medical emergency, and certain types of cancer.

Recurrent headache treatment

In order to help you find relief from repeated headaches, we need to figure out the type you’re experiencing and look into potential causes. For tension headaches, ice packs, over-the-counter pain medications, and managing underlying stress and fatigue can help. 

If your physician at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC diagnoses you with chronic migraines, they may recommend lifestyle changes, medication therapy, or an injectable medication such as Botox®. 

We also offer our Headache Rescue Program, which uses an IV medication combination to help you avoid ER visits in severe cases..

To learn more about headaches or get support from our pain management specialists at Michigan Neurology Associates, call one of our three locations or send us a message through this website. 

Our Detroit metro offices are located in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Utica, Michigan. During the pandemic, we’re also offering telehealth and phone appointments.

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