Headache facts

The scientific name for headache is cephalalgia.

The brain itself does not feel pain because it does not have pain receptors.

It is estimated that no less than 80% of the world's population has a headache at least once in a lifetime, while in 25–40%, its appearance is characterized by an “enviable” persistence.

Foods and drinks that can cause headaches: alcohol, especially red wine, chocolate, fruits, pickles, cheese, canned meat, nuts, coffee, tea, cola, yeast, aspartame, monosodium glutamate.

Causes of headache include: Stress, hormonal changes, neck or jaw tension, depression, despair, irregular eating habits, changes in sleep patterns, injury, agitation, eye strain, changes in the weather, poor posture, anxiety, pungent odors, medications, bright lights ( photophobia), physical strain, high altitude (altitude sickness).

Headache can be caused by mechanical, chemical or thermal exposure to sensory receptors. These receptors, located in the soft tissues of the head - skin, muscles, in the walls of the superficial arteries of the head, dura mater, in the vessels of the base of the brain - perceive various nerve impulses that a person feels like pain.

There are at least three types of headaches, not counting those from the common cold, flu, sinusitis, and other illnesses. These include: pressing headache, migraine and "histamine" pain.

"Histamine" pain is acute and occurs on one side of the head and face, lasts from 20 minutes to 2 hours. It is repeated one or more times over one or more days, weeks or months. Then it stops for a long time, but only in order to return again without any apparent reason.

Of the three types of headache, pressing pain is the most common.

Migraine is more common in women than men.

"Histamine" pain most often affects men.

Pain that occurs below the line that connects the outer corner of the eye, the external auditory canal and then goes to the 1st cervical vertebra is not called a headache; they are either facial pain or neck pain. Such a conventional division in medicine is of diagnostic value.

Women living in villages and suburbs are much more likely to suffer from headaches than those who live in cities.

The power of suggestion can act on the headache. Research shows that 40% of people with headaches get immediate relief by taking a drug-free sugar pill that has been given to them as a pain reliever. This is the power of the placebo.

Aspirin (if the tablet is uncoated) takes 30 seconds to enter the bloodstream.

headache can be a manifestation of at least forty-five different diseases, malfunctions and abnormalities in the body.

Sometimes the cause of headaches is worms that parasitize the human body.

Excessive use of spices can sometimes cause a headache.