One way to rule out the cause of your frequent headaches is to keep a daily journal. Make a record of everything you eat and drink, approximately how many hours you slept the night before, and how much water you drank. Be sure to also include any medications you take, any activities you did, what the weather was like, and if you have any other symptoms.
Over time, you might be able to find a correlation between your headaches and something that happened during the day. For some people, simply keeping a journal can help them rule out the cause of their headaches but that’s not always the case for everyone.
Whether you determine the cause of your headaches and migraines or not, your next step is to visit the right specialist.
Step 2: Visit the Right Specialist
If you have a hunch that your headaches are caused by your birth control, your best bet is to talk it over with your doctor and possibly switch to a different prescription. For some people, you might even need to visit a specialist if you realized you got a headache whenever you exercised too hard. As a result, you stopped exerting yourself too much and your headaches went away.
However, if you’re unable to pinpoint the cause of your headaches, your best bet is to start visiting specialists to rule out the cause. One of the most misdiagnosed causes of headaches and migraines is TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition caused by an imbalance in the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and tissue. The imbalance causes the jaw joints to become strained which then puts a strain on the adjacent muscles that span across the head and down the neck. Headaches caused by TMJ are a result of this muscle strain or referred pain.
Nearly 40% of people who suffer from TMJ also suffer from frequent headaches and migraines. Some signs you suffer from TMJ include: