Common causes of daily headaches

A stressful workweek can sometimes cause headaches that occur several days in a row. Once the deadline is met or project is over, however, they typically dissipate. For individuals with daily headaches that do not subside, a more serious cause may be to blame. Consider the following reasons; in each scenario, professional medical assistance can provide vital help for correctly diagnosing the cause and designing a treatment plan.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Though athletes are most at risk of suffering concussions, they can occur off the field as well. For instance, a slip and fall accident can cause someone to hit his head against a tile floor or concrete sidewalk. In either instance, the symptoms of a concussion, including headache, can go on for weeks or months after the initial incident. 

Medication Withdrawal Headaches

Millions of Americans suffer from pain that they treat with over-the-counter medications. Headaches are a very common reason many people take frequent doses of non-prescription painkillers. Headache experts emphasize that there can be too much of a good thing – overuse of these drugs may only intensify headache discomfort when the medication wears off. Instead of trying to self-medicate daily headaches with over-the counter medications, see a physician who can recommend more effective remedies. 

Growth Inside the Brain

In some cases, chronic headaches may stem from a brain tumor – benign or malignant. As a growth becomes larger, it can press upon blood vessels or nerves in the brain, causing pain. If left untreated, a brain tumor may affect body functions such as balance or vision. While most headaches are not due to brain tumors, when they are, they require expert treatment. Neurologists and neurosurgeon work together to formulate a treatment strategy to shrink the tumor and  remove it whenever possible.

Illinois Neurological Institute can help you determine the cause of your ongoing headache symptoms. Call (309) 740-3766 to set up an appointment at our neurological center. To find out more about the range of services we offer to those in the Illinois, visit our website.