If you’re a sufferer of pain in your joints or muscles, you may also be experiencing headache pain. You may pass that off as unrelated, thinking that it’s to do with your stress, your job, or something else. But it’s also quite likely that your headaches have been triggered by the pain you are suffering. One reason may be indirect, such as getting a headache from not sleeping well due to your joint or muscle pain. It may also be a direct link that is causing your headache.
Causes of Headaches
Depending on where your pain is located, it’s likely connected to the headaches you’re having. For example, back pain sufferers may experience headaches of varying severity because of the stress the pain is placing on the spinal cord and the nerves that snake up and down the spine. Neck muscles that are strained can cause tension leading to the big, heavy object balanced on top of the neck: your head. Aim to have good back posture to reduce the strain on your neck and your muscles, which can help to reduce your headaches.
If you are suffering from pain anywhere in your body, you likely have a very high sensitivity to pain. Scientists have found evidence suggesting that people with high pain sensitivity are likely to have tension headaches, which are mild to moderate in terms of pain. These headaches are also often linked to increased muscle tenderness, which only compounds the overall pain you experience.
Solutions to Relieve Your Headache Pain
There are no cure-all solutions to these types of headaches, but one recommendation is to treat the underlying pain and its causes. Improving your lifestyle to reduce any strain on your body, sleeping well, and eating right can make a huge difference, as well as visiting a doctor to help relieve your pain in the long run.
At the Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography, treatment for your headaches begins with a thorough evaluation that helps identify the underlying cause of your pain. This may include nerve conduction studies, radiographic imaging such as MRI or CT scan, and other diagnostic tests.
Dr. Khan can create individualized treatment strategies that are tailored to your specific needs and help ensure the best possible results. Schedule your appointment today for relief from your headaches.