Suffering from headaches is a fairly common condition precisely because it is triggered by multiple factors. Lowering of sugars, physical and emotional stress, intense smells, altered sleep-wake mechanism, poor posture and many hours in front of the screens are just some of the causes.
Being such a common condition we are inclined to take over-the-counter drugs too lightly but in some cases, which we will see shortly, we should consult the doctor.
Headache, or cephalalgia, is pain localized in certain areas of the head and neck.
Primary headache is a headache that is not the consequence of another condition and therefore has an unknown cause. Secondary headache, on the other hand, refers to a headache that is a symptom of other pathologies.
According to the International Headache Society and the World Health Organization, the most common primary headaches are migraines and tension headaches (what we commonly refer to as the head circle). Suffering from headache attacks more frequent in the change of season could instead be the symptom of this pathology which is one of the primary headaches and which is talked about too little often.
Suffering from more frequent headache attacks in the change of seasons could be the symptom of this pathology
Cluster headache, according to Humanitas, is a complex and disabling disease.
Men after the age of 20 suffer more from it, with a peak incidence between 40 and 50 years of age.
Cluster headache is so called because it manifests itself with periods of activity (called clusters) and periods of inactivity.
During the cluster one suffers from very strong pains localized in a part of the skull that also involve the eye.
Often you also suffer from eye redness, watery eyes and a runny nose.
Each headache attack can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours and occurs almost daily. Very often, those suffering from this pathology have up to 7-8 episodes per day.
During periods of inactivity, however, no symptoms are felt and these can be very short or last for months. When the period of inactivity is particularly short it is called chronic headache.
Those suffering from this condition are particularly sensitive to the change of season because the hours of light and darkness change. This is because cluster headache involves the hypothalamus which is the structure that regulates the biological rhythm and which therefore records the night-day change.
The management of this headache is very complex
Therapy has no definitive cure yet. Doctors prescribe injections of targeted painkillers that in 10-15 minutes manage to reduce the intensity of the attack but do not prevent its arrival. In some cases, preventive therapy based on lithium, cortisone and antiepileptics is chosen.
Since this pathology is more likely to manifest itself during the change of seasons, if in this period we feel these symptoms, we should contact a doctor and do not abuse over-the-counter painkillers.
(We remind you to carefully read the warnings regarding this article, which can be consulted WHO”)