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The Link Between Headaches and Oxygen Deficiency

The Link Between Headaches and Oxygen Deficiency

If you have frequent headaches, they could be related to a number of different conditions. But did you know that low oxygen levels are one of the culprits behind headaches? You might not feel the effects in other areas of your body, but the lack of oxygen could be what’s causing your head to pound day after day.

Our team at IVY Infusions has the expertise to help you when you’re suffering from headaches. Sasha Beatty is our family nurse practitioner who specializes in oxygen therapy for a variety of different problems and conditions, including pesky headaches.

Symptoms of low oxygen levels

It’s no surprise that your body and cells need oxygen to function and survive. Your red blood cells are what carry oxygen to every area of your body. You need to have a certain amount of continuous oxygen to your cells and tissues for them to survive.

Your body keeps a pretty close eye on your oxygen levels. Your blood oxygen is the level of oxygen that’s circulating throughout your body. This level needs to be at a specific level, so that there’s plenty of oxygen to get to all of the cells and tissues in your body.

However, when your oxygen levels are lower than normal, it’s called hypoxia. There are many different reasons for hypoxia, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. When you’re hypoxic, the cells in your body don’t have enough oxygen to get throughout your body, meaning some areas of your body suffer.

Though headaches are only one of the symptoms of hypoxia, there are other signs that can clue you into oxygen deficiency, including:

These symptoms should clue you in that there’s something going on in your body that isn’t normal. This is especially true when you suffer from a chronic disorder that affects your lungs, as these disorders sometimes lead to changes in your blood oxygen levels.

Headaches and oxygen deficiency — are they related?

There’s definity a link between not getting enough oxygen and having chronic headaches. Think of how your red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the organs and tissues in your body. Your brain is among the most important organs you have. 

When a normal oxygen supply isn’t available, your entire body suffers. However, when it comes to your head, the lack of oxygen leads to pain, which comes in the form of headaches. A headache could be your body’s first signal that you're hypoxic.

Medical conditions that affect your lungs may lead to chronic hypoxia. These conditions include COPD, asthma, and pulmonary fibrosis. Not only do these disorders lead to low oxygen levels, they may also lead to higher than normal carbon dioxide levels, which can also lead to headaches.

Getting the proper amount of oxygen to your brain can help you get rid of headaches, along with hypoxia. If your headaches are secondary to another medical condition, getting treatment for that condition can help to alleviate your discomfort.

At our facility, Sasha Beatty offers oxygen therapy to help you get your levels where they need to be. We give you a comfortable nasal cannula that fits right into your nostrils, and you breathe in an oxygen saturation of 95%, which is much higher than regular air.

Oxygen therapy not only helps alleviate your headaches, but restores the normal level of oxygen to your red blood cells. This helps the rest of your body as well and keeps you feeling at your best without hypoxia headaches to weigh you down.

If you’re tired of dealing with headaches, call our office in Greenwich, Connecticut at 203-397-6865, or book an appointment online today to speak with our team.

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