Headaches from playing video games

Your head may feel lightheaded or dizzy if you’re playing a video game. Video games, especially first-person shooters, can cause headaches in some people.

The lightheadedness of a video game headache can be relieved by taking a few minutes to rest and then resuming your game.

Headaches from poor posture

Poor posture can cause your head to tilt to the side and cause headaches.

These headaches can be caused by:

  • Sitting too upright
  • Sleeping in a reclining position
  • Wearing a helmet or helmet-like device to prevent head injuries
  • Drinking alcohol

If you have an existing headache, try to get up and move around for a few minutes to see if the headache improves. You may also try to stretch your neck and shoulders to relax the muscles and relieve the tension.

Headaches from a hangover

Some people get headaches after drinking alcohol. These headaches are usually mild and throbbing. They can be worse at night or in the morning.

It’s not clear why these headaches occur, but it’s thought that alcohol can affect the blood vessels in the brain.

In many cases, the headaches go away after a few days or weeks.

Headaches from stress

Stress can cause tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. This tension can be caused by:

  • Anxiety or stress
  • Headaches from lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Muscle tension

If your headache is caused by stress and you can’t relax your body, try relaxing your mind by doing some deep breathing exercises. You can also try yoga.

Headaches from a cold or flu

Headaches can be caused by viruses such as the flu, the common cold, or a bacterial infection.

These headaches are often worse in the morning and are often worse for people who have a headache for more than one day.

If you have a headache that’s worse than a common cold or the flu, see your doctor. You may need treatment for your headache to help it go away.

Headaches from migraines

Migraines are often described as a severe headache, but they can also cause mild to moderate headaches. You may also feel numbness or tingling in the affected area.

Migraines may occur on both sides of your head or at the same time. They can last from a few hours to several days.

If you have migraines, you may want to take magnesium, a type of mineral, to prevent headaches. You can also try:

  • Drinking more water
  • Wearing a hat and using a pillow
  • Wearing a T-shirt with a neck pillow so that your head isn’t over your pillow
  • Taking an OTC pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Taking a decongestant

Headaches from a sinus infection

Sinus infections can cause headaches that are worse in the morning and in the evening.

A sinus infection can occur with other symptoms, such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Toothache

You can treat a sinus infection at home by using a saline nasal spray or oral medication. You may also want to try to rest and sleep more to help your symptoms go away.

Headaches from a concussion

If you have a concussion, you may feel a headache in the front or side of your head.

This type of headache usually only lasts for a few hours or days.

You should see your doctor if you have any type of headache that lasts for longer than a few days.

Headaches caused by a stroke

If you’ve had a stroke, you may experience a headache.

The headache may be felt in the side or back of your head. This headache may be more noticeable at night or during the day. It may also be very severe and last for a few days.

If you experience a headache or feel dizzy, check in with your doctor. They may want you to get an MRI scan or check for a stroke.

Headaches from an ear infection

An ear infection can cause a type of headache that can be felt in the ear or behind the ear.

It can also cause:

  • Sore ear
  • Dry ear
  • Burning or tingling feeling in the ear

You may want to try keeping your head above water or using a warm compress or heating pad to help relieve your symptoms. You may also want to try to rest for a few hours to help your symptoms go away.

Headaches from an infection

Some types of infections can cause a headache, including:

  • Bronchitis
  • Colds
  • Sinus infections
  • UTIs
  • Ringworm
  • Head lice
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Earwax blockage
  • Meningitis

An infection in your ear may cause a headache if you have ear pain or pressure.

It may also be caused by a sinus infection, a middle ear infection, or a tick bite.

Headaches from a toothache

A toothache can cause a headache that runs down the back of your head. This type of headache can last for a few hours to a few days.

For a toothache that is more severe, you may want to see your doctor. You may also want to try using a warm compress or heated water to reduce pain.

Headaches from an ear injury

Head injuries can cause a headache that is felt on one side of your head.

These headaches usually only last for a few hours.

You may want to try resting for a few hours to help your headache go away. You may also want to take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, for the headache.

Headaches from a blood clot

A blood clot, or thrombosis, can cause a headache that runs from one side of your head to the other.

A blood clot can be caused by:

  • Arterial stents


Headaches are common, but there are some types of headaches that can be more painful or severe than others.

If you’re experiencing a headache, see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis

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