What Long Lasting Headache means & what you can do?
Everyone experiences a headache from time to time. It’s even possible to have a headache that lasts for more than one day. There are many reasons why a headache can last a while, from hormonal changes to more serious underlying conditions.
While it can be alarming for a headache to last a long time — so long that you may not be able to sleep it off — most headaches aren’t life-threatening. But it’s no fun when a lingering headache affects your ability to do the things you enjoy.
Let’s take a look at what can cause these headaches and how you can get relief.
What causes a long-lasting headache that won’t go away?
There are multiple conditions that can cause a persistent headache(long-lasting headache) that lasts for more than a day. Some of those include:
Regularly taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication for your headaches can actually cause your head to hurt between doses. While this type of headache often doesn’t hang around, it can recur over the course of a day or more and become long lasting headache.
Migraine can be a severe type of long lasting headache that can last for days, or even weeks, at a time. They start with a feeling of general illness that takes hold one or two days before the headache begins. Some people experience an aura, or bright, flashing vision changes before the pain begins.
Then, there’s the headache itself, with symptoms that may include:
• throbbing pain on either side (or both sides) of your head
• pain behind your eyes
• light and sound sensitivity
• sensitivity to odors and fragrances
After your migraine lifts, you may experience a hangover-like feeling of fatigue and exhaustion.
Long lasting headaches related to stress or mood disorders
Anxiety, stress, and mood disorders can trigger headaches that linger for more than a day and become long lasting headache. Specifically, those with panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder tend to experience prolonged headaches more often than those without.
Sometimes your long lasting headaches actually aren’t coming from your head at all. They’re coming from your neck.
In cervicogenic headaches, pain is referred to your head from an area in your neck. You may not even realize where it’s originating from. And if the underlying cause — the problem in your neck — isn’t treated, your headache won’t go away.
Cervicogenic headaches can be caused by injuries, arthritis, bone fractures, tumors, or infection. Your posture or falling asleep in an awkward position could cause a cervicogenic headache. It’s also possible that disc-related wear can also cause these types of headaches.
If you’ve recently experienced a concussion or similar head injury, you could be dealing with an ongoing headache. This is called post-concussion syndrome, and it’s a mild injury to your brain caused by the initial trauma. It can last for months after a concussion — possibly up to a year.
Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:
• recurrent or ongoing headaches
• periods of irritability
• difficulty concentrating
• short-term memory issues
• anxious feelings
• ringing sensation in your ears
• difficulty sleeping
• sensitivity to sound and light
• blurred vision
• sensory disturbances like a lessened sense of smell and taste