When youre suffering from headaches, its easy for your mind to jump to a worst-case scenario. But while it is possible that recurring headaches can be due to something scary like a brain tumor, its much more likely they result from something fairly innocent that youre doing and dont realize.
In general, headaches happen when the blood vessels, muscles and nerves in your head are over-stimulated, said Dr.Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.
When these pain-sensitive structures become overactive, or when chemical activity in the brain is altered, we feel the uncomfortable sensations of a headache, he explained.
The triggers for everyone can be different, but there are a few lifestyle factors that routinely pop up. These are the biggies to keep on your radar:
1. Youve been drinking red wine
Alcohol, and red wine in particular, can trigger headaches. Experts arent 100 percent sure why this happens, but it may be due to change alcohol causes to your blood flow,said Dr.Amit Sachdev, an assistant professor and director of the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine at Michigan State University.
When you drink alcohol, it causes something known as vasodilation, which makes ...