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What could be cause of my chronic headaches, which have gone on for two months, occur...

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foro | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM via web

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What could be cause of my chronic headaches, which have gone on for two months, occur mostly in the morning, and include a pounding on the right side of my head?  I wear glasses and spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many potential causes of headaches, including recurring ones that last for months.  Some of these causes are benign and require relatively simple solutions; others can be serious, even life threatening.  In the end, there is no substitute for seeing a physician.  If the headaches continue, a possible course of action would be admittance into an emergency room, where care could be provided irrespective of ability to pay.  In addition, it is possible that there are free or low-cost medical clinics in your area that will attempt to diagnose the underlying cause of the headaches.

As the headaches occur most frequently in the morning, one possible cause could be dehydration.  Failure to drink enough water -- as much as 60 ounces a day depending upon body size, amount of physical exertion, and so on -- can cause headaches, especially if alcohol consumption is a regular occurrence.  Alcohol consumption, absent sufficient water intake, will definitely cause morning headaches.  Similarly, dietary practices could be contributing to the problem, particularly if the headaches are symptomatic of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular food.  Experimenting with one's diet by refraining from consuming different types of food to see if the headaches disappear could help.

Other possible causes could be directly related to the amount of time spent in front of a computer screen, especially if eye strain is a factor.  If one's eyeglass prescription is out of date, then headaches would likely result.  Any eyeglass prescription that is more than one to two years old, could be out of date, and new lenses could be the solution.

Poor posture, especially while sitting in front of a computer screen for a long period of time, can also cause headaches.  Simple solutions can involve replacing the chair, or placing a cushion behind your back to provide greater support.  If back pain is also present, that could be the cause of the headaches.  As both posture and eye strain could contribute to the headaches, staying away from the computer for one or two days to see if that helps might be advisable.

Any headache that continues for two months, however, could indicate a serious underlying physical problem that needs to be diagnosed.  As mentioned, in the end, a trip to a doctor is likely necessary.  The likely course of action, if the above mentioned issues are not the cause of the headaches, would be a CT scan of the brain, or possibly a MRI, preferrably the latter, as radiation exposure is much less than with a CT scan.  Headaches that last for months could be the cause of a problem that can only be spotted through imaging, and that can only be done in a proper medical facility.


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