Eating lots of Jelly Babies
Headaches have a wide variety of causes, ranging from eyestrain to inflammation of the sinus, from life-threatening conditions such as brain cancers to eating chocolate.
Funnily enough, brain tissue itself has no sensitivity to pain. Therefore, headaches may result from contraction of the muscles of the scalp, face or neck; dilation of the blood vessels in the head; or brain swelling that stretches the brain's coverings.
Causes of headaches are sometimes a little elusive.
If a headache occurs in conjunction with a head injury the cause is usually quite evident! Some people experience headaches when they are hungry or dehydrated.
The most common type of headache is aTension headaches are due to tightness of muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp, and jaw. They are often related to stress, depression, or anxiety. Other common reasons lead to a tension headache include performing an activity that causes you to hold your head in one position for a long time (like using a computer, microscope, or typewriter), sleeping in a cold room or an abnormal position, overexerting yourself, clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. Tension headaches tend to be on both sides of your head. They often start at the back of your head and spread forward. The pain may feel dull or squeezing, even like a tight band or vice around your head. The muscle tension often begins in your shoulders, neck, or jaw before spreading to your head. Therefore, these areas may feel tight and sore as well.
Migraines are severe, recurrent headaches that are generally accompanied by other symptoms like visual disturbances or nausea. They tend to begin on one side of your head, although the pain may spread to both sides.
Overworking, not getting enough sleep, missing meals, and using alcohol or street drugs can make you more susceptible to headaches. Foods that can trigger a headache include chocolate, cheese, and monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer.
People who drink caffeine can have headaches when they don't get their usual daily amount.
So back to my headache today – I put it down to eating too many MSG infested Jelly Babies over the past couple of days. Or else stress from the resulting bulge in my waisted regions.