Headaches and Migraine

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Constant Headache – What You Can Do About It

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Are you among those individuals who suffer from a constant headache? If you are, then this article might just help. Here, you’ll find information about some of the various types of headaches and be able to identify what might be causing that constant headache of yours. Continue reading

Ophthalmic Migraine

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What is ophthalmic migraine? Continue reading

Home Remedies For Headaches

Home Remedies For HeadachesHome Remedies For Headaches

 

Many things cause headaches. More often than not, these are caused by things that we do every day. Work, family, household chores and even our personal needs may cause stress, which could eventually lead to headaches. You need to have at least a good idea on what to do in case of a headache.

 

According to Best Health Mag, for a bad headache, choose one that contains a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. (Off-limits…if you have a bleeding disorder, asthma, ulcers, or liver or kidney damage.) But painkillers are only part of the solution. There’s much more you can do to escape the thump and wallop of a throbbing noggin.

 

Give it some good press

 

• With a firm, circular motion, massage the web of skin between the base of your thumb and your forefinger. Continue massaging for several minutes, then switch hands and repeat until the pain resolves. Acupressure experts call this fleshy area trigger point LIG4 and maintain that it is linked to areas of the brain where headaches originate.

 

Heat up and cool down

 

• Believe it or not, soaking your feet in hot water will help your head feel better. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot-water footbath will ease pressure on the blood vessels in your head. For a really bad headache, add a bit of hot mustard powder to the water.

 

• For a tension headache, place a hot compress on your forehead or the back on your neck. The heat will help relax knotted-up muscles in this area.

 

• It might sound contradictory, but you can follow up the heat treatment (or substitute it) by applying a cold compress to your forehead. (Put a couple of ice cubes in a washcloth or use a bag of frozen vegetables.) Cold constricts blood vessels, and when they shrink, they stop pressing on sensitive nerves. Since headache pain sometimes originates in nerves in back of your neck, try moving the compress to the muscles at the base of your skull.

 

Source: Best Health Mag

 

Other home remedies for headaches that you may opt for are provided by WebMD. These include the following:

 

  • Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.
  • Take a warm bath or shower; take a nap; or take a walk.
  • Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to a massage.
  • Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
  • Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to release the tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.
  • If you have excessive muscle contractions in the neck, it may be helpful to perform physical therapy exercises every day.

 

Source: WebMD

 

Headaches are common, but we should not take them for granted. Sometimes, it may simply be a result of stress or lack of sleep but you have to determine whether the headaches you are suffering from is just caused by any of these or some other underlying conditions. There are diseases wherein one of their symptoms is headaches. A good rule of thumb is that if it is persistent or worsens over time, better consult a physician.

 

 

Ophthalmic Migraine

Ophthalmic MigraineOphthalmic Migraine

 

Ophthalmic migraine also known as ocular migraine is a migraine which is caused by allergic reactions to certain foods and food additives. Continue reading

Stress Headaches – Are They Common?

Stress Headaches – Are They Common?

Stress Headaches – Are They Common?

 

One of the things that affect both men and women is stress headaches, otherwise known as tension headaches. They are sometimes thought of as a normal occurrence but there are actually instances when these may necessitate a visit to the doctor. Continue reading

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