Miami Headache Blog

Headaches and Smoking

Gabriel Santos - Friday, August 08, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Is there A Link Between Headaches and Smoking?

If you are looking for another reason to quit smoking, avoiding headaches and migraines is a good one. Smokers know that they should quit in order to improve their health, but doing so is often easier said than done. However, if you are suffering from debilitating headaches that are affecting your daily life, that cigarette might just begin to lose its appeal.

Smoking comes with many risk factors, besides headaches, including:

  • high blood pressure
  • Problems with circulation
  • increased risk of stroke
  • increased risk of lung cancer
  • increased risk of heart disease and heart attack
  • problems with sinus cavity and nasal passages

How Can A Small Cigarette Cause Such A Big Problem?

If you are suffering from major migraines and cluster headaches, smoking and secondhand smoke has been found to be a primary trigger for these problems.

Because smoking increases carbon dioxide, it means less oxygen gets to the brain and if that wasn’t bad enough, smoking also delivers several toxins to the brain. All in all, that can be one mighty headache trigger!

Another problem that smoking can cause is that it reduces the effectiveness of your painkillers. If you are taking over-the-counter headache treatments that just don’t seem to be working, it could very well be your cigarettes that are stopping them from doing their job.

Stub Out the Cigarettes and Headaches for Good

    If you really want to quit the “demon weed”, there are many ways of doing so. Using nicotine patches or gum are effective means of quitting. You might also want to try out one of the many liquid cigarettes that are on the market today. These deliver the buzz of a cigarette without delivering the tar and nasty chemicals that are present in every cigarette you smoke.

    Book A Diagnosis with Our Headache and Migraine Experts

    If your headaches are affecting your quality of life, the headache experts at Miami Headache Institute are here to help. We will work with you to carry out an expert headache diagnosis and determine just what is causing your headaches. Together, we can work together to eradicate them.

    Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas.  Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.

    Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.


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