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Why do I get headaches at school?

Asked by mramsey (794points) October 11th, 2009

I’ve always gotten headaches started in middle school and now I’m in college whenever I’m in school. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. On the weekends, I’m fine. When I’m at work, with a whole bunch of preK kids, I’m fine. But as soon as I go to class, I get a headache. Could it be the lighting or something?

I’ve been to doctors about it when I was younger but nothing was ever accomplished. Now I don’t have any insurance to go back and get tests.

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aphilotus's avatar

It might be reaction to something physical, and it might be psychological.

If they started when you were in middle school (while your brain was still developing) maybe they had a physical cause then (Fluorescent lights, lead paint, whatever), but since then they have become a psychosomatic reaction to school generally.

I get headaches a lot, and have found a couple of things that seem to help, even if they are only psychological.

Try to find those “cures” and perform them even if they seem strange.

Some things that might “cure” a headache or coming-on-headache that work for me:

Super Hot shower with a lot of sinus-rubbing.
Sniffing peppermint sticks
Advil + Coffee + Water + A Hamburger
More Sleep
Less Sleep
Changing the Lighting around me
Wearing earplugs

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

I always used to get headaches in school also. I think it has a lot to do with the florescent lights. It might also have to do with your posture. Sitting hunched over at a desk all day is sure to give you a headache. Staring at a computer for long periods of time can cause it too.

mramsey's avatar

@aphilotus Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll have to try some of them. Sniffing peppermint sticks? Advil + Coffee + Water + A Hamburger? lol. Very strange indeed but worth a try!

Dog's avatar

It would also be wise to check your eyes. If you need glasses (or a new prescription if you currently wear corrective lenses) and your eyes are straining it can cause headaches. This link explains more.

mrentropy's avatar

Florescent lights tend to flicker and for some people that flicker is more visible than to other people. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was the cause. I know at least one other person who gets headaches in school.

SarasWhimsy's avatar

I agree with it being the florescent lights. Try wearing sunglasses for a day or so and see if it helps. The purple tint is the worst part for me; sunglasses definitely help. The flicker will still be there though.

sccrowell's avatar

I agree with @Dog . I would also make an appointment with Optometrist. If that is not an option, you might go to CVS or riteaid and pick up some temporary eye glasses. It may help alleviate eyestrain. It also may be due to not eating. So make sure to eat something before School, before class! Try a protein bar. For me, it was a combination of lights and eyestrain.

@Dog CONGRATULATIONS on your 10k!! I will PM you…
I apologize for Going Off track!
@mramsey , go to a doctor! Make sure it isn’t something worse! We will all feel much better and so will you!

Clair's avatar

I had the same problem and I thought it was just my bad neck. I went to the chiropractor and it only helped a little. One day I couldn’t read a sign that was right in front of my face, realized I needed glasses and haven’t had a problem. The only time I get headaches now is if I’m hungry.

mramsey's avatar

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I’ve already tried glasses though. There’s a possibility of my job becoming full-time and if that happens I’ll be able to get insurance. Crossing my fingers cuz I could really use a doctor visit.

mattbrowne's avatar

Make sure to drink enough water. Dry air in public buildings and offices is very common. In your home the air might be better.

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