Teenage Head Trouble: The Headache

Often teenagers find that their emotional and social problems are compounded by one nagging physical ailment: headaches. Unlike younger children, many teenagers suffer from a lot of headaches and in some, this becomes a chronic problem that they need to deal with medically. And of course, when a hormonal and aggressive teenager gets a headache, the pain isn’t just felt by them but by everyone around them as well.

So what are the root causes of these headaches and what can you do to cure it?

Eye Strain

Teenagers suddenly face an increase in their school work load, not to mention high pressure exams for which the need to revise and study constantly. Many teenagers suffer from debilitating headaches when they hit 15 to 16 years of age. The main reason is eye strain. They stare at more screens, read more writing and stay awake longer. In the case of electronic screens, many teenagers (and other users too!) often forget to blink, thus causing the eye to dry out and add to the strain. Thus, eye strain is often the main cause of headaches in teenagers. There is a simple cure however; a visit to the optometrist for some correctional glasses and careful monitoring of screen time will soon bring your headaches down and your eye sight back to normal.

Dreaded Migraines

This is also the age when people see the first signs of migraines. Migraines are extremely painful, highly debilitating headaches that can result in vomiting, dizziness and even temporary and partial blindness due to the pain. The causes of migraines are different from patient to patient, thus making it more difficult to identify the triggers. While there is no cure, there is medication to control it and keep the pain under control should an attack occur. The usual culprits are blinding sunlight, heat, deafening and pounding noise, allergies to certain foods or smells and/or eye strain. You will need to consult a migraine specialist and then a specialist in the trigger area. For instance, if eye strain or photo-phobia is your trigger, you will need to consult eye doctor Melbourne alongside the migraine doctor to know how to control your migraine.

Physiological Changes

Teenagers already go through a lot of hormonal changes, so headaches are sometimes the warning signs of something wrong inside their bodies. For instance, dehydration will bring on headaches, as will constant starvation that can lead to anorexia. Without the constant parental supervision they had before, teenagers are less careful and more experimental, leading to changes in diet and behaviour that can be harmful. Some body types unequivocally reject alcohol and nicotine, so if a teenager persists in experimenting with these substances, a headache will soon be the least of their symptoms.