Dizzy and headache symptoms: Head pressure and dizziness: Causes, treatment, and more
Head pressure and dizziness: Causes, treatment, and more
A feeling of pressure in the head or behind the eyes, along with dizziness, can occur with some types of headache. The symptoms may worsen if a person changes position. Some conditions, such as sinusitis, can cause both a headache and dizziness.
Head pressure and dizziness can often occur due to migraine. Any chronic or very severe and sudden symptoms may warn of a serious underlying condition.
It is important to note that there are four types of dizziness:
- Vertigo: A person experiences a sensation that they are moving when they are still or feels as though they are spinning.
- Disequilibrium: A person feels wobbly or off-balance.
- Presyncope: A person feels as though they are passing out.
- Lightheadedness: A person feels vague, as if they are losing connection with their environment.
A person might be able to identify which type of dizziness they feel, which could help a doctor diagnose the cause accurately.
This article will list some possible causes of head pressure and dizziness occurring together. It will also cover some treatment options for each one and explain when a person should contact a doctor.
However, these are not the only possible causes of head pressure and dizziness. A person should contact a doctor to receive a full examination and the correct diagnosis.
Seasonal allergies, which doctors sometimes call allergic rhinitis, can cause feelings of pressure in the head and sinuses.
Some people also experience symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, a sore throat, and a general feeling of being unwell. Any of these symptoms can lead to dizziness, especially if a person feels very congested or develops sinusitis.
How to treat allergies
A number of treatments can help ease the symptoms of allergies. The first is avoiding allergens by staying indoors more often during allergy season or using an air filter. Some people also find that wearing masks helps ease allergy symptoms.
Taking allergy medications can also ease symptoms. Immunotherapy, which exposes a person to very small quantities of the allergen to stop their body from overreacting to it, can also be helpful. People who are interested in a permanent solution to allergies could ask a doctor about immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots.
Learn more about allergy medications here.
A headache that results from sinusitis can cause feelings of pressure in the head, especially near the front of the face and under the eyes. This happens because fluid builds up in the sinuses, generally due to an infection.
Some people also get dizzy, feel sick, or have lower energy levels.
How to treat sinusitis
Applying heated pads or warm compresses to the face may help. Some people may also find relief by taking allergy medications or over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers.
Antibiotics can treat some sinus infections, but only if they are due to bacteria. They cannot help with viral infections.
Some people may develop a chronic form of sinusitis that may require a consultation with a specialist.
Learn about home remedies to ease sinus pressure here.
Ear infections usually affect the middle ear, which is just past the eardrum. These infections are common among children. Sometimes, an ear infection follows another illness, such as a sinus infection or the flu.
The middle ear makes fluid itself to keep itself clean. This fluid should drain into the throat through an opening. However, if the throat becomes swollen, the opening swells shut. Therefore, the fluid collects, which can be painful. It may then become infected.
Symptoms may come on suddenly, and most people develop a fever. A person may also have pressure in the head, ringing in the ears, or dizziness.
How to treat an ear infection
Lying down with the ear that hurts facing up, with a heated pad on top, may help relieve the pain of an ear infection. This is because gravity helps the fluid from the ear drain into the throat. Also, the heat from the pad helps keep the drainage site open.
Taking OTC pain relievers can also help ease the symptoms.
Antibiotics may help treat middle ear infections, especially in young children and people with weak immune systems. However, draining the ear by lying on the correct side will help stop the condition from recurring and prevent a ruptured eardrum, which could happen due to fluid buildup.
Learn more about how to treat ear infections here.
Migraine is a neurological type of headache that happens when changes in the brain cause head pain and other unusual sensations.
Some people experience migraine as head pressure along with other neurological symptoms, such as:
- sensitivity to light
- hearing unusual sounds
- seeing unusual lights
How to treat a migraine headache
Taking pain relievers may help ease a migraine headache, but people experiencing chronic migraine headaches should contact a doctor. They can prescribe medications to prevent migraine headaches and rule out other conditions.
The doctor may also recommend keeping a log of headaches to help with identifying potential triggers.
Learn about migraine triggers and how to avoid them here.
A tension headache happens when muscle tension radiates to the head. A person may also experience shoulder or neck pain.
Tension headaches tend to come on slowly, getting worse over time and causing pain throughout the head and sometimes a feeling of pressure. Very bad tension headaches can also make a person feel dizzy.
How to treat a tension headache
Some people may find relief from tension headaches by applying hot or cold packs to the neck or head or by taking OTC headache medications.
Chronic tension headaches occur when a person experiences a tension headache for 15 or more days per month for at least 3 months. They sometimes happen when a person has underlying muscle issues, sits at a computer all day, or has chronic stress. A doctor may be able to identify strategies for dealing with these issues.
Learn about 19 natural remedies for headaches here.
High blood pressure, especially a sudden shift in blood pressure, may cause pain and pressure in the head, as well as dizziness.
Any type of pain, including that associated with headaches, may also cause high blood pressure. However, in this case, relieving the headache may not lead to lower blood pressure.
How to treat high blood pressure
It is important to talk with a doctor about high blood pressure, as making behavioral changes and taking medications, such as beta-blockers, can help.
A person may find that managing stress or eating less salt can also help lower their blood pressure.
A home blood pressure reading with a systolic (top) number above 180 or a diastolic (bottom) number above 120 warrants a 911 call or a trip to the emergency room.
Learn about 15 ways to naturally lower blood pressure here.
When a person has intracranial hypertension, it means that there is higher pressure from the fluid that cushions the brain. This can happen for many reasons, including:
- a serious head injury
- a stroke
- an infection or growth in the brain, including a brain tumor
A person may experience a chronic throbbing headache or neurological symptoms such as vision issues or difficulty concentrating. If this is the case, a person should contact a doctor, as these symptoms can be life threatening.
Some people develop intracranial hypertension for no clear reason. Doctors call this idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Making certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, may help with IIH.
Learn more about increased intracranial pressure here.
A person should contact a doctor if they:
- have an ear infection or ear pain that gets worse or does not improve within a few days
- have a headache that lasts longer than a day or have frequent headaches
- have severe allergies
- think that they may have migraine headaches
- have headaches that affect their mental health or daily functioning
A person should go to the emergency room if they experience any of the following:
- a sudden, unexplained, very severe headache that makes it impossible to do anything else, along with other symptoms, such as nausea or tingling
- stroke symptoms, such as numbness on one side of the body or a drooping face
- loss of consciousness, a feeling of being very well, or a worry that their headache is an emergency
Some other symptoms a person might notice with a headache and dizziness include:
- a fever
- congestion or face pain
- panic or anxiety
The following symptoms can also occur, but they are more likely to signal an emergency:
- numbness on one side of the body
- blurry vision
- high blood pressure
When a headache or dizziness lasts for a long time, it is more likely that a person has a chronic or serious condition, such as migraine, head pressure from a tumor or infection, or a brain injury.
A person should avoid self-diagnosing and contact a doctor if they are concerned.
Learn more about persistent headaches here.
Some people develop may headaches or dizziness after eating. This does not necessarily mean that food caused the symptoms, so it is important to look at other factors.
Sometimes, however, food poisoning, food sensitivities, and even overeating may cause dizziness and headaches, as well as stomach pain.
A person may also develop a headache after eating sugar.
Learn more about sugar headaches here.
Headaches can be very painful, but they are usually harmless. In most cases, a person can manage the symptoms at home.
When the headache is intense or lasts a long time, however, it is important to contact a doctor. Receiving early treatment can improve the outlook even for very serious illnesses.
A person should avoid self-diagnosing and instead seek an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for symptoms of any severity that are concerning them.
Headaches and Dizziness: What’s the Connection?
You have a headache, and on top of that, you feel like your head is spinning.
Having a headache or feeling dizzy can be unsettling on its own, and together they’re even more anxiety producing. But identifying the source of your dizziness can help you find relief for your symptoms.
Describing the sensation to your doctor or even friends or family members can be challenging because the term “dizzy” can mean different things to different people.
In medical terms, what exactly does it mean when say we “feel dizzy”?
The Difference Between Dizziness, Lightheadedness, and Vertigo
“Dizziness could either be a sensation of feeling lightheaded and unsteady, or a sensation of abnormal movement of your body,” says Roderick Spears, MD, a neurologist and headache specialist at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.
“Vertigo, on the other hand, is a spinning sensation of your body, or the perception of the environment around you moving when you’re not actually moving,” Dr. Spears says.
“Lightheadedness would be associated with low blood pressure, lack of blood flow, or lack of blood flow reaching the brain,” says Spears.
When you’re lightheaded, you may feel as though you’re going to pass out; the body wants you to get into a lying-down position so you can get adequate blood flow to the brain, he explains.
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Pay Attention to When Your Dizziness and Headaches Occur
If you’ve been experiencing bouts of dizziness, make note of when it occurs or gets worse. For example, does it occur when you get up suddenly from sitting or lying positions?
If anything improves your dizziness, keep track of that, too.
Be sure to tell your doctor if there are any other symptoms that accompany the dizziness, such as a headache or changes to your hearing or vision, says Spears.
You’ll also want to inform your doctor of any other health conditions you may have, such as diabetes or pregnancy, which can trigger these symptoms. Low blood pressure is another possible cause of dizziness or lightheadedness.
Potential Causes of Headache and Dizziness
There can be a range of reasons that headache and dizziness can coexist; some are easily remedied, while in rare cases the symptoms could indicate a medical emergency.
Dizziness or vertigo with a headache may be a sign of vestibular migraine and can occur in any of the phases of a migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. The word “vestibular” is used to describe the inner ear and a person’s sense of balance.
Dizziness is a common symptom of migraine, says Loretta Mueller, DO, a headache specialist at Cooper University Health Care in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “When people complain of dizziness, it’s migraine related about 50 percent of the time,” she says.
If the headache and dizziness have additional symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, or sound sensitivity, then it may be migraine, says Spears.
“One thing that seems specific for vestibular migraine is brain fog. People will often describe a sensation of cognitive clouding, or brain fog, around the time they have these episodes, and it can persist outside of it as well,” he says.
Interestingly, vestibular migraine doesn’t always come with a headache. If it does, often the headache is not very severe, says Spears. “Most of the patients I see with vestibular migraine are more concerned with the dizziness or vertigo than they are with head pain,” he says.
Trauma to the Head
It’s common for people who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to have headache, says Spears. “If you have a genetic predisposition for migraine, there’s a greater chance of that post-traumatic headache presenting as a migraine headache,” he says.
These post-trauma headaches can often come with dizziness. It’s estimated that 30 to 65 percent of people with TBI report balance issues that include dizziness and disequilibrium during their recovery, according to the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
In some cases, a head trauma, ear trauma, or sudden change in barometric pressure can cause a perilymph fistula, which is when one of the fluids in the inner ear leaks into the air-filled middle ear. This can cause headaches as well as bouts of unsteadiness, dizziness, nausea, hearing loss, and tinnitus, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA). Tinnitus is most often described as a ringing in the ears, but it can also be experienced as roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing.
Whiplash or trauma to the neck area can cause cervical vertigo, which can happen when receptors in the neck that send signals to the inner ear for balance stop working normally. Sudden neck movements can trigger dizziness; other symptoms of cervical vertigo include headache, neck pain, nausea, vomiting, and hearing issues, according to the American Hearing Research Foundation.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
In this disorder, dizziness may occur, but it’s more likely to feel like vertigo, says Dr. Mueller. It can happen when the little crystals in the semicircles of the ear, called otoconia, become dislodged.
“This can bring on the symptoms of vertigo. When people have BPPV, it’s positional vertigo — the spinning feeling happens when you move your head or turn over in bed, she explains.
Headache is common in people with BPPV. Research published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology found that about one-third of people with BPPV reported headache.
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Low Blood Sugar
Another possible cause of both headaches and dizziness is low blood sugar, which is also called hypoglycemia. This is most likely to occur several hours after your last meal or if you do a lot of exercise without eating enough.
Eating small, frequent meals should help stave off these symptoms.
If you have diabetes, low blood sugar can also be brought on by taking too much insulin or other diabetes medication, drinking alcohol, delaying or skipping meals, and increasing your exercise or physical activity without adjusting your medication or food intake.
Low blood sugar is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as hunger, sweating, and trembling, according to the University of Michigan Health Library.
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If dizziness occurs very suddenly with a headache, it could be a migrainous stroke, which is when an ischemic stroke happens at the same time as a migraine attack.
An ischemic stroke is when the vessels supplying blood to the brain are obstructed. Although about seven out of eight strokes are ischemic, migrainous strokes are very rare and account for less than 1 percent of all strokes, according to Cedars Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.
In a migrainous stroke, the migraine symptoms must include an aura, which can be visual changes or tingling in the face or hands.
Stroke symptoms come on very suddenly and may include numbness or weakness of the face (especially on one side of the body), confusion, trouble speaking or seeing, trouble walking, dizziness and loss of balance or coordination, and severe headache with no known cause.
If you have any signs of a stroke, you should call 911 — or get someone else to call — and seek urgent medical attention.
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Diagnosing Headache and Dizziness
Because there are so many ways to describe the sensation of dizziness — and so many potential causes — you and your doctor may need to spend some time discussing your health to get to the root of the problem.
Diagnosing and treating the headache is typically easier than treating the dizziness, says Spears.
“Vestibular migraine is a diagnosis of exclusion,” he says. That means that other conditions that may be causing the dizziness must be ruled out first.
If a person is experiencing dizziness, they should speak with their doctor; a medical workup may be necessary, says Spears. “Depending on their age, that may involve a brain MRI to rule out a stroke, or they may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor to make sure it’s not a vestibular disorder,” he says.
Treating Headache and Dizziness
Once those things have been ruled out, it’s reasonable for you to see a neurologist or headache specialist for headache treatment and to investigate the possibility that you may have vestibular migraine, says Spears.
Treatments for headache or migraine may include:
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Prescription migraine treatment
- Medication to prevent migraine or headache
- Relaxation techniques
- Maintaining a healthy, regular diet
For dizziness accompanied by nausea, an over-the-counter antihistamine medication such as dimenhydrinate or Bonine (meclizine) might help, although they may cause drowsiness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If your dizziness or vertigo is related to an underlying health condition, such as low blood pressure, you may need other treatments. Dizziness triggered by movement may be best addressed through vestibular rehabilitation therapy, an exercise-based program designed to reduce dizziness and imbalance.
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Additional reporting by Madeline R. Vann, MPH.
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An article about the main causes of headaches and dizziness, methods of diagnosis and treatment, as well as recommendations for the prevention and promotion of the health of the brain and circulatory system.
Why do we get headaches and dizziness?
Headache and dizziness can be caused by many factors such as malnutrition, excess caffeine, stress, fatigue, illness or injury. These symptoms can become a problem in daily life, challenging us and preventing us from becoming efficient and productive.
How can you manage headaches and dizziness?
First, you need to understand the cause of these symptoms and take action to eliminate their root causes. Regularly eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, as well as drinking enough water throughout the day, can also be helpful ways to combat headaches and dizziness. In addition, exercise such as yoga, meditation, and stretching can help improve your health and reduce stress levels.
Do not forget that health is the most valuable thing we have, so it is important to pay attention to it and take care of it.
Headache and dizziness can be extremely unpleasant, but they can and should be managed by avoiding negative influences, keeping ourselves healthy, and balancing our life activity through proper nutrition, regular exercise and various relaxation techniques.
What is headache and dizziness
Headache is a disturbance in the sensations in the head, which can be caused by various reasons. Typically, a headache manifests itself in the form of a sensation of pulsation, pressure, pinching or sharp pains. It may also be accompanied by dizziness.
Vertigo is the feeling that everything around you is spinning or moving. It can be caused by various factors such as lack of oxygen, diseases of the inner ear, problems with the cardiovascular system.
Common causes of headaches and dizziness include stress, poor diet, fatigue, long-term use of technology or gadgets, and other factors.
If you suffer from headaches or dizziness, it is recommended to consult a doctor for advice. He will help you determine the cause of your pain and choose the most effective treatment. In addition, there are many products and services that can help you manage headaches and dizziness, such as massagers, pain relief devices, and pills.
It is important to understand that headache and dizziness are not normal conditions. Do not ignore these symptoms and seek medical attention or use appropriate pain relief products and services.
Causes of headaches
Headache is one of the most common diseases among the adult population. It can occur for many reasons, from a minor sleep disturbance to a serious illness.
Tension is one of the most common causes of headaches. Muscle tension in the neck and head can be caused by physical or emotional stress, fatigue, or poor posture.
Migraine is a very intense headache, usually one-sided. It may be accompanied by photophobia, sound sensitivity, and nausea. Migraines can be hereditary and triggered by certain foods or weather changes.
Cluster headache is a rare but very intense type of headache. It occurs in batches over several weeks or months and may feel like a toothache or sinusitis.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses and is a common cause of headaches. It can occur due to an allergic reaction, a cold, or an unhealthy environment.
It is important to determine the cause of your headache and choose the right treatment. Consulting a doctor can help rule out serious illnesses and prescribe the right therapy. But if you’re looking for a quick and safe headache solution, check out our suggestions below.
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- Tension headache: This type of headache is described as a pressing, moderate to mild pain that may last for hours or days. It is often caused by stress, lack of sleep, or fatigue.
- Migraine: this type of headache is usually described as severe pain, sometimes throbbing, and accompanied by an aura (eg blurred vision, flickering before the eyes). Migraines can last from several hours to several days and usually severely impair quality of life.
- Cluster headaches: this type of headache is a rare but very intense pain syndrome that usually occurs on one side of the head. Cluster headaches can last for weeks or months and then go away for a long time.
Regardless of the type of headache, there are many ways to relieve headache symptoms, including pain medication, massage, relaxation exercises, and lifestyle changes. But keep in mind that if the headache becomes frequent or very intense, then you need to see a doctor for diagnosis and proper treatment.
Causes of dizziness
Stress . One of the main factors that cause dizziness is increased stress levels. Stress introduces a large number of hormones into our body, which can cause dizziness, as well as unwanted disorders and diseases.
Negative environmental influences . Daily breathing with polluted air, working at a computer, smoking, drinking alcohol – all this can cause dizziness.
Diseases of internal organs . Some diseases, such as hypertension, arrhythmia or anemia, can cause dizziness. It is necessary to conduct an examination to identify possible diseases.
Improper nutrition . An open attack of hunger, spicy or too fatty food can cause dizziness.
Catastrophic thoughts syndrome . If you think only about what can happen for a long time, then there is a possibility that suddenly the intended event will actually happen, which can cause dizziness.
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How to identify the cause of your headache and dizziness
Headache and dizziness can come from a variety of causes, and identifying them yourself can be difficult.
The first step is to pay attention to the symptoms and their nature. If the headache is sharp and intense, it may be caused by tension or a migraine. If dizziness occurs during rotational movements of the head, this is probably provoked by pathologies of the inner ear.
It is recommended to consult a doctor to determine the cause of headache and dizziness. There are many medical tests that can help identify the cause of these symptoms. A doctor may order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) of the brain to look for abnormalities or damage to the brain.
You can also see an osteopathic specialist or a physiotherapist who can help with back and neck problems that can lead to headaches and dizziness.
Taking care of your health should be a priority in your life. If you suffer from headaches and dizziness, do not put off a visit to the doctor. Instead, it is recommended to find an appropriate specialist and undergo an examination to find out the cause of these symptoms and start treatment on time.
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What to do if headache and dizziness become a regular occurrence
If you experience problems with headaches and dizziness on an ongoing basis, seek immediate medical attention. These symptoms can be associated with many causes, including serious illnesses such as migraine, hypertension, and even stroke. Only a qualified doctor can provide accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
In addition, there are some steps you can take on your own to improve your health and manage these unpleasant symptoms. Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, drink more water, and do some exercise or yoga. Also, try to reduce the stressors in your life.
It is important to note that some people suffer from headaches and dizziness due to a sedentary lifestyle. Spend more time outdoors, take breaks from work, get some fresh air. If you have an office job, then sit in the office chair correctly: make sure your feet are fully touching the floor and the back of the chair is in a good posture position.
- Exercise before work.
- Try to take up a hobby that gives you pleasure and promotes relaxation.
- Do not abuse alcohol and caffeine, as this can impair your health and cause severe headaches.
In any case, if the problems continue and the cause is not identified, be sure to visit your doctor. Take care of your health and you will be able to cope with these problems and live life to the fullest.
What precautions should be taken to avoid headaches and dizziness
Spend enough time outdoors. Lack of oxygen can cause headache and dizziness. Therefore, try to spend enough time outdoors, especially if you spend most of the day indoors.
Eat right and drink enough water. Lack of water in the body can cause headaches, and overeating can drastically increase blood pressure and cause dizziness. Be vigilant when choosing foods, include foods rich in trace elements and vitamins in your diet: vegetables, fruits, fish, lean meats, nuts and much more.
Try to reduce stressful situations. Experiences, stressful situations can sometimes cause headaches and dizziness. Try to get away from problems for a while, find ways for yourself to relax. To do this, you can include in your diet:
- Sports activities as a great way to relieve stress.
- Yoga and meditation can calm the body and soul.
- Back or neck massage, can help relax muscles.
Remember to take care of your body. It is necessary to monitor your health and undergo systematic medical examinations, take the necessary medicines. Also, if you have problems such as vision or hearing, then you should definitely take measures to improve them.
Conclusion. Take the right precautions to avoid headaches and dizziness. Take care of your health, be outdoors more often, eat right, reduce stress and take care of your body.
What medical help to look for
Headache and dizziness are symptoms that often affect people of all ages and professions. They can be a sign of serious illness or a consequence of everyday stress and fatigue.
If you experience headaches and dizziness at regular intervals, it is recommended to consult a specialist. To determine the cause of these symptoms and prescribe the appropriate treatment, you should contact a neurologist, endocrinologist or therapist.
Before visiting a doctor, describe your symptoms in detail and provide information about previous illnesses and medications taken.
In the event of acute pain or an emergency, an ambulance must be called.
- Do not self-medicate to avoid complications;
- Monitor your health and do not ignore symptoms;
- Timely visit to the doctor will help to avoid the progression of the disease and maintain health.
Remember that health is the main capital, so take care of your body and contact specialists at the first symptoms of the disease.
Massage is one of the most effective ways to relieve headaches. But not everyone knows how to properly massage points on the body in order to achieve the desired effect. Seek help from a professional massage therapist.
Yoga – Yoga exercises may reduce symptoms of headache and dizziness. There are many asanas that are aimed at improving blood circulation in the brain and reducing pain. Find out more about yoga and find a class near you.
Drinking routine – Drinking enough fluids can help relieve dehydration headaches. In addition, it is worth limiting the use of alcohol, which can be one of the causes of headaches.
- Apply cold or heat – it depends on the cause of the headache. If you experience a headache due to stress on your head, apply an ice pack to the back of your head as much as possible. If the cause of the headache is muscle cramps in the neck and shoulders, on the contrary, apply heat to the area.
- Medicines – You can take over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve headaches and dizziness. Some people avoid drugs and prefer to use natural remedies like lavender or peppermint.
Rest and Relaxation – Try to take frequent breaks from work or activities to relax and de-stress. Practice deep breathing or meditation to reduce your stress levels.
What medicines can be used for headaches and dizziness
Headaches and dizziness often interfere with our daily life. If you often experience these symptoms, then it may be worth seeking help from a doctor and starting taking special medications.
Many medicines can help with these problems, including:
- Analgesics. These are medicines that help relieve pain. For example, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.
- Antidepressants and antiepileptics. These medicines help reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and dizziness.
- Migraine preparations. These are for the treatment of migraine and are different from other drugs because they should be taken immediately at the first symptoms of a migraine.
- Antispasmodics. They help relieve spasm of cerebral vessels and thin the blood. This, in turn, reduces headaches and dizziness.
However, before you start taking any medicine, be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist. They can choose the most effective medicine for your particular case. There are also alternative treatments for headaches and dizziness, such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
Methods of non-pharmacological therapy
Headache and dizziness are unpleasant sensations that many people suffer from. But how to cope with these symptoms when taking analgesics no longer helps?
Non-pharmacological therapies can help manage these symptoms. They are based on the use of non-drug methods of influencing the body, which avoids side effects and reduces the risk of addiction.
One of the methods is physiotherapy. It consists of using various kinds of physical factors such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, magnetotherapy, etc. Physiotherapy can help improve blood circulation, relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.
Another method is massage. Massage helps to relax muscles, improve blood circulation and relieve tension. It can also help in reducing headaches and dizziness. Massage can be done on your own or contact a professional.
Alternative therapies. Among them, there are various types of relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, hypnosis and others, which can calm the nervous system and reduce stress levels.
Finally. Non-pharmacological therapies may be effective for headache and dizziness. They can be used as an adjunct to medical therapy or as an alternative treatment for symptoms. If you suffer from frequent headaches or dizziness, be sure to consult your doctor and discuss the possibility of using these therapies.
How to prevent headaches and dizziness in the workplace
Avoid eye strain. If possible, install the monitor at a distance of 50-70 cm from the eyes. It’s also worth making sure the brightness and contrast on the screen are adjusted, and don’t forget to take eye breaks and eye exercises.
Be aware of the light. Bright lights or the sun illuminating your workplace can lead to headaches and dizziness. Position your lights so they don’t hit your eyes directly, preferably using natural light and adjusting curtains or blinds to help regulate light levels.
Try to sit correctly. Choose a chair with an adjustable back and position it so that your back is straight and does not strain. Hands should be at the level of the table, and knees should be bent in a right angle. If you sit in front of a computer for most of the day, make sure you can stretch your legs close to the wall.
Make sure your workplace is suitable for your eyesight and visual comfort level. Try to use apps or software that can help improve the ergonomics of your workplace. If you use a computer at work, try adjusting your monitor so that it is at eye level and allows you to avoid tilting your head to one side or the other.
In addition, you can order our ergonomic workplace adjustment service, our expert will come to your office and set everything up in the best way that will suit you and your needs at the workplace.
How long does it take for headaches and dizziness to heal?
Headaches and dizziness can be caused by many things, from muscle tension to serious medical conditions. Although in some cases the symptoms may go away on their own, treatment is often required for a complete cure.
The rate of cure depends on the cause of the symptoms and the treatment chosen. Some simple headaches can go away in a few hours if you manage to de-stress and relax. However, if the cause is a serious condition, such as a migraine or hypertension, treatment may take longer.
There are several methods for treating headaches and dizziness, including medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and diet. Each method may take a different amount of time to lead to a complete cure.
Ultimately, how long it takes for headache and dizziness to heal depends on the cause of the symptoms, so it is important to see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
What are the causes of headaches?
The causes of headaches range from tension in the neck and head to serious illnesses such as migraines or brain tumors.
Can dizziness be related to low blood pressure?
Yes, low blood pressure can be one of the causes of dizziness, as it means that the brain may lack oxygen and nutrients.
What exercises can help with headaches?
Neck and head relaxation exercises, as well as eye and breathing exercises, can help relieve tension and reduce headaches.
When should I see a doctor if I have headaches?
If headaches occur regularly and are severe, or are accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or dizziness, a doctor should be consulted to determine the cause.
What medications can help relieve headaches?
Pain medications such as paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen can help relieve headaches, but if headaches occur regularly, see a doctor for more serious treatment.
Can lifestyle influence headaches?
Yes, some lifestyles can cause headaches, such as lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, smoking and drinking.
What alternative medicine methods can help with headaches?
Alternative medicine methods such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, and herbs can help manage and prevent headaches.
Headache and dizziness. Causes of headache and dizziness.
Headache and dizziness. Causes of headache and dizziness.
Gimranov Rinat Fazylzhanovich
Neurologist, neurophysiologist, experience – 33 years;
Professor of Neurology, MD;
Clinic for Rehabilitation Neurology. About the author
Publication date: May 1, 2021
Updated: October 25, 2022
The rhythm of life often leads to the fact that constant fatigue, stress, regular background noise, malnutrition become part of our daily existence. In this case, people regularly have a headache, dizziness and weakness occur.
However, even if the condition does not improve after these changes, seek medical attention. After all, headaches with dizziness can be symptoms of a serious illness, a brain cyst .
- 1 Causes
- 1.1 Safe
- 1.2 Serious diseases
- 2 Diagnosis
- 3 Treatment 9 0080
- 4 Prevention
- 5 References
If a man or woman has frequent or even constant headaches and dizziness, then before deciding what to do, you need to understand what it is, to establish the cause of the condition.
The culprit of bad health may be our wrong way of life, some external factors that are easy to get rid of.
It is recommended to rule out a serious illness first.
Let’s take a closer look at what can negatively affect a person’s well-being. For convenience, we will divide the causes into those that can be eliminated at home and those that require medical attention.
There are factors that affect a person and cause cephalgia, which can hardly be called dangerous. However, with constant exposure to the body, they can lead to the gradual development of a serious illness. It is easy to eliminate dizziness and headaches on your own if their cause is:
- Eye fatigue due to too much time spent at the computer. It is also a phone, tablet or other device that has a backlit screen. The aggressive effect of directional light on the eyes leads to excessive fatigue and the appearance of headaches.
- Sudden dizziness when standing up or other sudden movements, with a headache often starting after that, are characteristic of adolescents and pensioners. This indicates the underdevelopment of the vascular system or too low blood pressure. There is a similar picture in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, BPPV .
- Long breaks between meals, lack of calories, lead to a shortage of energy and elements needed by the body, with subsequent problems against such a background.
- Increased anxiety, stress due to some situation.
You can see for yourself whether the described attacks of pain and vertigo occur after the situations described in the list. If yes, you can read on the clinic’s website how to deal with such problems.
Headaches, dizziness and nausea may be symptoms of a developing serious illness.
If attacks become systematic, they should be given the necessary attention.
Such signs may indicate various problems in the body:
- Atherosclerosis of the vessels. The deposition of plaques on the walls of blood vessels leads to the fact that the supply of blood to the brain is sharply reduced. The lack of oxygen and nutrients not only causes pain and dizziness, but also contributes to the gradual death of brain cells, a decrease in intelligence, and attentiveness.
- Brain injury. Even an insignificant blow can lead to concussion, the consequences of which appear even after a long time .
- Tumors of the brain, meninges. Regardless of benign or malignant, the occurrence of a neoplasm on the cerebral cortex leads to compression of surrounding tissues and constant pain.
- Hypertension or regular high blood pressure. Manifested by dizziness and pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), flies in the eyes and drowsiness.
- Viral diseases leading to inflammation of the membranes of the brain.
- Migraine is a congenital or acquired disease that manifests itself as localized pain in a specific part of the head. Attacks can last only a few minutes, or they can stretch for hours.
There are viruses that affect not so much the membranes as brain tissues. For example, Sars-Cov-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. The virus disrupts the processes of energy synthesis in neurons, so weakness and dizziness are symptoms of the disease. And often they continue to disturb a person after recovery from the actual infection .
If discomfort increases or appears regularly, you should consult a doctor to avoid the development of a dangerous disease. Or get rid of its consequences as soon as possible.
If you are not sure what is causing your symptoms, contact your physician first. The doctor after the initial examination will make an assumption about the causes of frequent severe headaches and dizziness, weakness in women or men in a particular case.
To clarify the diagnosis, instrumental examinations will be ordered. Their results will help to understand the patient’s condition and refer him to a doctor of the appropriate profile:
- general blood test to detect possible infection, signs of acute inflammation in the body;
- transcranial Doppler examination of the vessels of the brain and cervical spine;
- MRI to assess the state of the brain;
- x-ray of the cervical spine, revealing possible osteochondrosis;
After receiving the results of neuroimaging, the doctor will determine the specific cause of poor health . And he will select the appropriate complex of therapy.
After the causes of weakness, dizziness and headache are identified, treatment is prescribed.
If attacks of bad health are the result of external factors or an incorrect daily routine, then a neurologist will give advice on getting rid of such a negative influence.
When a serious disease is detected, therapy is prescribed, the basic methods of which are:
- Drug treatment. It includes not only taking painkillers, but also means that eliminate the root cause of the condition. That is, normalizing blood pressure, reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood (from atherosclerosis).
- Physiotherapeutic methods. Various methods of exposure are selected, depending on the problem that has arisen in a particular patient. This also includes specially selected yoga exercises, physiotherapy exercises with dosed physical activity.
- Surgical intervention is practiced in certain types of craniocerebral injuries and in the presence of neoplasms.
At the end of the course of treatment, the doctor gives recommendations on how to further build the daily routine so that the symptoms do not return.
The best way to stay healthy is prevention.
Small changes in your daily routine will eliminate most of the causes of persistent headaches and dizziness.
Follow just a few rules:
- Take regular breaks and warm up during any sedentary work, including at the computer.
- Ventilate rooms where you plan to stay for several hours at a time.
- Get enough sleep, regular sleep according to an established schedule is the key to excellent health in the morning.
- Give up bad habits: drug and alcohol use, smoking.
- Limit your intake of coffee, strong tea, and energy drinks.
- Build your daily diet, taking into account the required amount of proteins and carbohydrates. Avoid excessive use of monosodium glutamate
Also, regular light training several times a week will improve daily well-being .