Illustration of Headache
Illustration: Headache

Hello Doc, I’m 24 years old. on Saturday 28/3 I woke up late and caused my head to ache (at that time the menstruation was low), at first I gave the headache medicine with “extra ” I drank 2x but had not improved, the next day I drank coffee and take Ibuprofen and thank God it’s improved but doesn’t last long until tomorrow afternoon again. today 2/4 I drink coffee again and get better. How come it hurts, doc, why does it heal with coffee? thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello dan,

Thank you for the question.

Headaches that recur and can improve with the consumption of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, may be caused by migraines. Migraine itself is one type of primary headache that feels throbbing and occurs due to neurovascular disorders in the brain and its association with trigeminal nerve fibers. How can caffeine relieve migraines? Until now the mechanism is unknown. It's just that, some sources say that caffeine can help shrink the diameter of blood vessels that dilate during a migraine, so it will indirectly minimize the pain that appears. Caffeine can also increase effectiveness and extend the duration of action of various pain relievers, including paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, and so on.

Not only migraines, headaches like yours may also be caused by tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinusitis, inflammation of the teeth and gums, trigeminal neuralgia, stress, hormonal disorders, brain tumors, head injuries, asthenopia, viral or bacterial infections , etc.

It should be understood, excessive coffee consumption (more than 1-2 cups per day) is not recommended even though it can relieve pain. Therefore, it is safer if you overcome your complaints by sleeping early and regularly, warm compresses on the side of the head with pain, taking paracetamol according to the recommended dosage, do not think too much, increase relaxation, eat regularly, exercise discipline and live a healthy lifestyle.

If the headache appears unbearable, especially for example accompanied by high fever, stiff necking, vomiting, or other severe complaints, you can see yourself directly to the doctor or neurologist to handle it well.

I hope this helps.

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