I usually get headache in the morning and afternoon and it vanishes after an hour or also. I verified with doctors but nobody is able to give proper answer. They say it may be related to stress or because I am sleeping under ceiling fan. They even gave me some headache tablet, but it has not reduced. What could be the reason? Vijay
Your question is very broad and sitting down with someone who specializes in headache disorders would be great, but we realize that this is not always possible. In any case, if the headaches are gone in one hour, that is almost the time for many medications to begin working. There are 300 medical and surgical conditions that are associated with Migraines and headaches, and it's difficult to tell you much without more information and not having seen you in person.
Waking with a headache often indicates that a sleep issue is the culprit. Take a look at our video, Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep.
It's easy to blame stress, but we hate to see anyone accept that stress is a trigger without at least trying to see if they encounter triggers during stressful times that they either don't encounter at other times or they're only triggers when the body is stressed. The International Headache Society has removed stress from their list of Migraine triggers and put it on their list of exacerbating factors -- things that make us more susceptible to our triggers. Many people have sworn stress was a trigger for them until they kept a very detailed diary for a few months. More information in Is Stress a Migraine Trigger?. We hope you'll thoroughly investigate this as we think we do ourselves a real disservice by thinking stress is a trigger for us and not looking closely for other triggers during stressful times.
John Claude Krusz
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Published On: October 30, 2012