Common Headache Triggers to Avoid

That pressure and pounding in your skull, commonly known as a headache, varies in pain. It could be mildly annoying, excruciating, or downright debilitating. The scope of severity is matched only by the wide range of things that can cause headaches. 

If your headaches are severe, persistent, or frequent it’s nothing to take lightly. Headaches can be a sign of significant health problems that need immediate treatment.

Our team of medical experts at Boston Pain Care specializes in getting to the bottom of your pain and getting rid of it. When it comes to headaches, it’s important for us to accurately diagnose the source of them so we can develop a treatment plan that addresses not only your headaches but the underlying cause.

What causes headaches?

The sensation of a headache comes from the nerves and blood vessels in and around your head constricting and sending pain signals to your brain. Pain in your jaw, sinuses, teeth, and neck can all register to your brain as a headache.

Fortunately, many types of headaches are avoidable if you know what triggers them. While triggers are not the same for everyone, knowing what to look for when you experience different types of headaches may help you lessen their frequency and intensity.

Tension headaches

The most common type of headache stems from tension. The average adult will experience a tension headache a couple of times a month.

Here’s what they typically feel like:

Here are the possible triggers:

Cluster headaches

As the name suggests, cluster headaches come in groups of up to eight per day. The worst part? They seem to come out of nowhere with no warning.

Here’s what they typically feel like:

Here are the possible triggers:


Migraines are the second most common type of primary headache and one of the top reasons people miss work and school. They're a stand-alone condition not tied to some other medical.

Here’s what they typically feel like: 

Here are the possible triggers:

Medication-overuse headaches

Medication-overuse headaches are a secondary type of headache because they're caused by something else. Ironically, they stem from too much headache medication. Sometimes called rebound headaches, these are relentless, daily headaches that begin when you wake up in the morning.

Here’s what they typically feel like: 

Here are the possible triggers:

When to see a doctor about your headaches

If you have occasional headaches caused by stress, tension, or a common cold, you can easily get by. How? By figuring out what triggers your headaches and avoiding those triggers as much as possible. With that said, if your headaches are unbearable, frequent, and/or debilitating, contact us at Boston Pain Care right away!

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