Pain on the left side of the head could be a sign of overusing some medications, infections or bad lifestyle habits, leading health website Heathline.com has claimed.
Rebound headaches – often dubbed medication-overuse headaches – are caused when overusing medication designed specifically to treat headaches.
Up to 10 per cent of people who believe they suffer from frequent headaches actually have rebound headaches, according to the NHS.
Taking headache medication more than two or three days a week can lead to rebound headaches. Too much aspirin, ibuprofen, oxycodone and acetaminophen can have this effect.
Worried about a headache? It’s worth noting the vast majority of headaches are not a sign of something serious.
There are several different types of headache – from tension to migraine, and even cluster.
But the NHS website explains you should see a GP if your headaches aren’t relieved by over-the-counter treatments.
Advice should also be sought if the headache is so painful or frequent that it’s affect your daily activities or are causing you to miss work.
A headache with pain on the left can often be a medication headache which, the NHS website advises, will usually get better “within a few weeks once you stop taking the painkillers that are causing it”.
They do warn, however, that the pain may get worse for a few days before it starts to improve.
Some serious infections, including meningitis and encephalitis can cause severe headaches – other symptoms to watch out for with these conditions are a high fever, stiff neck and seizures.
If you’re concerned that your headache might be serious, you should seek immediate medical advice.
You can get rid of some types of headache by changing a few lifestyle habits, including drinking less alcohol and by reducing stress.
Avoiding some foods could also help to relieve head pain.
Despite being a firm favourite during the festive season, cheese, processed meats and red wine have all been claimed to cause headaches.
Avoiding these food stuffs could help you dodge the pain of a headache this Christmas. Equally, getting extra sleep could boost your chances of avoiding headaches.
It’s important to note that you should always seek immediate medical help if the headache started after a knock to the head, or if the pain feels like the worst headache ever.
Visit your GP if you’re also experiencing a fever, a pain the gets worse when you cough, a stiff neck, numbness or confusion.