Can Mild Headaches Get Worse?

Some common questions we are asked include, “is my headache serious?” or “is it a brain tumor?”. The good news is that the vast majority of headaches have no sinister or life threatening causes and can be treated very well under our expert care.

We don’t often see patients who are experiencing mild headaches, but instead see patients who are suffering from headaches and migraine that are affecting their daily life, mood and even relationships.

How to Treat and Monitor Mild Headaches Before they Get Worse

You may not notice that you have a mild or slight headache at first. It could start off as a very dull pain just behind your eyes or it could be tension at your temples or across the top of your head. While they may be less painful, mild headaches can sometimes lead to more serious pain and it is worth keeping a watchful eye on your symptoms so that you can prevent or reduce the chances of a mild headache becoming a migraine.

  • Dehydration: Not drinking enough water can cause mild headaches. By just making sure you drink enough water, you may find that your headache miraculously disappears without the need for drugs or any other treatment.
  • Computer work: If you are at a computer screen for a few hours each day, you could find that you start to develop a mild headache when you do not take enough breaks. Be sure to move around, take your eyes away from the screen and do something that gives your eyes a good break.
  • Bad eyesight that goes uncorrected: If you are suffering from mild to severe headaches, it could be because you need glasses. Many people don’t realize they have sight problems until they start to experience mild headaches. If you think this is the case, make an appointment with your local optician for a thorough check.
  • Stress and tension: Worrying about something, even the simplest little thing for too long, can cause a build-up of tension that eventually leads to pain. Try to rest and take it easy for a while. If it helps, take some pain relief pills and walk away from whatever it is that is causing you stress for a little while.
  • Toss back some almonds: Instead of popping that painkiller, why not go for some nuts instead? Almonds contain salicin which is also found in over-the-counter pills. If you are looking for a healthy and natural alternative to non-prescription drugs, almonds could be the answer.
  • Get moving: You may feel like laying on your bed with the light off, but getting up and moving around could help your headache to clear faster. That is because you will be bringing more oxygen into your system, helping your body to heal itself faster. A long drink of water will also ensure your body is hydrated. Often, mild headaches are a symptom of dehydration.
  • Apply some pressure: Acupressure has long been used as a natural pain reliever. Applying focused pressure to the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and forefinger can bring almost instant relief.

Additionally, regular mild headaches can be frustrating and could lead you to wonder whether something is wrong or what is causing this pain. Most mild headaches can be treated with simple non-prescription painkillers and can be relieved in under an hour.

Can Mild Headaches Become More Serious?

The good news is that the National Headache Institute is here to help and offers a wide range of headache diagnosis and treatment services. We provide professional treatments and advice for anybody experiencing headaches or migraine, whether they are mild or serious. We excel in treating all types of headaches, from the very mild to the excruciatingly painful. Our headache experts will ask you questions about your lifestyle and habits and work closely with you to determine the cause of those headaches. Only then will we recommend a suitable treatment plan.

Get help today for your mild headaches and learn how to prevent more serious symptoms. Call our specialist headache management team today or use our contact form to book a consultation. Stub Out the Cigarettes and Headaches for Good.

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