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Headache remedies

By Edited Jun 27, 2014 0 2

There are newer headache remedies and treatments out there available. Here's some advanced headache remedies and pain relief options.

HEADACHES: WHY DO I KEEP GETTING HEADACHES?

Headaches are so common, yet the headache remedies are not always so easy. It's estimated that over 90% of people experience a headache a least once a year. Headaches are tricky to diagnose and treat because there are more than 100 different headache disorders and causes. The symptoms of headaches can be difficult for a patient to describe and they are often similar even though the underlying cause is different. Getting a headache just thinking about headaches?! We can help.

HEADACHES MIGHT BE A RED FLAG TO AN UNDERLYING PROBLEM

The majority of headaches are down to simple issues. Common headache causes include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Poor posture
  • Tightness in the head, shoulders, neck, jaw, scalp
  • Tooth ache
  • Overworking
  • Eye strain
  • Inflammation of the sinuses
  • Hunger
  • Head injury
  • Reactions to food such as MSG, chocolate, cheese
  • Reaction to alcohol
  • Caffeine: either caffeine withdrawal or caffeine overload
  • Reaction to drugs
  • Post nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Over aggressive chewing (often in older folk)
  • Migraine headache
  • Migraine headache during pregnancy
  • Menstrual migraine headaches

However there may be more serious causes, or the headaches might be a sign of a serious underlying problem that might not be directly related to the head region. These are often known as 'red-flag' headaches or symptoms which require further investigation.

More serious causes of headaches may include:

  • Serious head trauma or injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Celebral aneurysm
  • Encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain)
  • Meningoencephalitis (encephalitis with meningitis)

MIGRAINE HEADACHES: THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS MIGRAINES

Severe headaches are often diagnosed as migraine headaches. Migraine headaches symptoms include sharp pain (possibly on only one side of the head), nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, visual disturbances such as seeing 'auras', tiredness just before the migraine hits or a change in mood. Migraines might last from a few minutes to hours or even a couple of days. A common migraine treatment is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, aspirin and rest.

There are times, however, when migraine headaches are actually due to problems in the neck and are not migraines at all. These types of headaches don't usually improve with the usual migraine treatments.

A PAIN CLINIC OR PAIN SPECIALIST

A pain specialist often deal with the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of headaches. If they suspect the headaches are caused by problems in the neck, they might use local anaesthetic injections ot number certain nerves in order to uncover the true headache cause.

Once a proper diagnosis has been made, a treatment, or multi-disciplinary course of treatments is designed. This may include ergonomic changes such as changing the position of your desk, computer screen, chair height. There are advanced pain management toold include radiofrequency ablation which stimulates the nerves that are causing pain by the careful placement of tiny electrical leads. They help 'put the painful nerves to sleep' and mask the pain.

Tackle your chronic headaches and free yourself from pain.

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Comments

Sep 29, 2010 7:26pm
Introspective
Very good article "LLL." The information is extremely helpful! Thank you.
Sep 30, 2010 8:15am
LouisLovesLouis
thanks introspective!!
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