by Dr. Kevin Francis U. Ang
Published on August 2, 2019
When your head aches, there are many possible reasons why it happens. The more common causes of headache include stress, muscle strain, fatigue, alcohol/caffeine intake and drug-related adverse effect. Please take note of all food and drinks you have taken prior to a headache for they may be vital in your history. Your physician will ask you about the duration of headache, pain intensity, location of pain and any history of injury in the recent past. Pain medications will be given to relieve the headache. However, it is of utmost importance to determine the underlying cause of the pain. Not all headaches will automatically be subjected to cranial scans.
There are certain cases where headaches are caused by something more complicated. This is why cranial imaging procedures like cranial CT scan or MRI are requested by your doctor. These imaging procedures can determine if there is a brain mass, swelling or stroke present in a patient. These conditions cannot be diagnosed without the aid of brain scans. There are basic first aid measures that can be done to offer relief: rest, silence, deep rhythmic breathing exercises and pain medications. Being in a quiet environment and staying well-rested while doing breathing exercises can help decrease blood pressure, maintain good circulation and oxygenation to the brain.
These simple activities can definitely address headaches. However, if your headache persists, please visit your nearest physician.