What Causes Afternoon Headaches?
Afternoon headaches can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose afternoon headaches, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "afternoon headaches" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Low Serotonin
- Liver Congestion
- Allergic Tension
- Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Adrenal Fatigue
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
muscle pains in family members
iron deficiency anemia
high caffeinated soda consumption
high alcohol consumption
chronic fatigue in family members
poor mental clarity
swollen cervical nodes
dizziness when standing up
very low ferritin levels
history of CFS diagnosis
... and more than 180 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of afternoon headaches:
|Iron Deficiency Anemia
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do your headaches (any type) tend to occur in the afternoon?
→ No / don't know
→ Almost always / always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate afternoon headaches, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Double-blind studies have demonstrated that aspartame causes headaches. [Headache 1988:28(1) pp.10-14, Biological Psychiatry 1993:34(1) pp.13-17, Neurology 1994:44 pp.1787-93.]
Environmental Illness / MCS
Central nervous system dysfunction is common, resulting in headaches, chronic fatigue, poor short term memory, hyperactivity, and increased appetite leading to food cravings and overeating.
Women must first be exposed to elevated estrogen levels before low estrogen levels will trigger headache activity. Constant low levels of estrogen, as in menopause, are less likely to be associated with increased headache pattern.
Low Melatonin Level
Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of melatonin.