Many people get headaches, either every day or many times a week. Any headache is abnormal; although common but not normal. People are so used to getting headaches and having them treated with pain killers or anti-inflammatories by their physician who likely suffers from them also, that they would be considered ‘normal’. Headaches can be caused by a many number of things; although too much to list here, I will provide a few of the more common explanations. Provided that there is not a pathological issue going on such as a vascular episode, the headache you are experiencing could be from one of the following: a hormonal imbalance, a food sensitivity or allergy, a blood sugar imbalance, a form of chronic unresolved stress, a structural issue (such as a muscle spasm or a spinal misalignment), and the list goes on and on. Headaches are not caused by a lack of caffeine, that’s for sure, and not everybody gets them. Aspartame (Nutrasweet), MSG, and sulfites from wine are also very common migraine triggers.
Migraines, although occurring for similar reasons, are much more complex and if you get them, you know how much more extreme and debilitating they are. If they are one-sided, as most are, there is usually a neurological consideration and there are always biochemical (hormonal, nutritional) considerations. Many times migraines are a complexity of issues that vary from person to person. There’s a reason for your migraine, and that reason is different for everybody even if the latest and greatest medication provides relief.