Headaches Making Life Impossible
Every person who has suffered from a headache knows how distracting it can be. Namely, when troubled by this fit, you are unable to function correctly, let alone be creative, productive, concentrated or fully aware of the tasks at hand.
Headaches can be triggered by many different factors, some of which are alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, too much sleep, sedentary lifestyle etc. Also, there are cases of illnesses and many different health conditions triggering headaches which can be strong and sometimes unbearable.
There are cases when headaches are described as stabbing pain in the head. The remainder of this article will deal with this type of headaches, explaining their common causes and helping one deal with them.
Reasons behind Stabbing Pain in the Head
Stress, lack of sleep, food, alcohol, drugs and many other factors may trigger migraines, which are severe headaches that are in some cases known to deliver stabbing pain in the head area. The causes of this health issue are often unknown and cannot be pinpointed.
Multiple sclerosis, migraines and cluster headaches may lead to what we define as ice-pick headaches which deliver the stabbing pain in the head area, as if the ice-pick is the tool causing the pain. Nausea, dizziness or vomiting may be occur with this type of headache.
Meningitis, being the inflammation of our brain membrane due to bacterial or viral activity, can be yet another cause of stabbing headaches. Usually, with this cause, vomiting, stiff neck and nausea are combined with the stabbing pain in the head.
Also, brain tumor may be behind this type of headache. The tumor may be malign or benign and is actually an abnormal tissue growth inside one's skull. If stabbing headaches are combined with seizures and confusion, there is a great chance that a tumor is causing them.
Alternatively, spine or vascular problems may trigger these headaches. Brain cancer, sinusitis, encephalitis and many other health problems may be behind stabbing headaches. Therefore, you should never ignore these warning signs and, as soon as you notice that this type of headache has burdened you for more than a couple of days, you are highly advised to seek medical attention.
The Treatment of Stabbing Pain in the Head
Before any treatment is possible, the doctor needs to diagnose the underlying condition causing the headaches. For this purpose, MRI, X-ray, CT and other types of scans are necessary to be done. Then, this problem may be treated with medications, antibiotics, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes, surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, depending on the cause.