The subject of headaches comes up quite often in groups of 3 and 4 or more, and in just about any setting where many gather. Unless involved in a controversial topic, such as politics or health care, you may find yourself in a small crowd that prefers small talk. That small talk may not appear to be important, but it is to the person who is suffering.
As far as pain, headaches are second only to toothaches. They are more prevalent than any other ailment that afflicts people of all ages.
Not long ago while out waiting on an appointment, I was seated next to someone who was literally holding her head. I ask her if she was okay and we began to talk. Of course within seconds of the conversation I knew that this lady was nursing a severe headache. I also knew that sometimes these can be crippling and take over your life.
Most know that a headache is any kind of pain in any part of your head. The condition is very widespread with only a small percentage of all headaches indicating serious physical problems. This small group includes headaches caused by encephalitis, stroke, or brain tumors. Misalignment of the jaw or teeth can also cause headaches. These would likely present themselves with other symptoms. You can also have short-lived headaches that may occur after eating very cold foods or foods high in nitrates or mono sodium glutamate.
Caffeine withdrawal also may provoke headaches. So, beware that you do not drink too much caffeine or if you miss your cup of coffee, you need to get something with a little caffeine in it because the withdrawal will cause a headache. Withdrawal makes it sound like a drug. Sorry, but it is the truth. Coffee does appear to affect you like a drug. If stopped suddenly, you will most likely get a headache. When I had to stop drinking my usual 6-7 cups a day, because of my heart, I had headaches for about 4 days. I now drink 1 cup a day.
Most headaches belong to one of three main groups: migraine, a recurrent, severe headache, usually with throbbing on one side, accompanied by nausea and sometimes impaired vision; cluster, similar to migraine, but of short duration, occurring daily in series over weeks or months and predominantly in the area of one eye: and tension, a headache without consistent location thought to result from contractions of the face, scalp, or neck muscles.
Headaches have become so common today and so difficult to alleviate, that there have been several clinics that have been devoted solely to their treatment. Unfortunately we live in a society that causes stress. All kinds of stress. In almost every area of your life. Some people can handle stress but those who can not handle it, will end up with it coming out of their body in another area. If not the stomach, the head.
Most tension headaches can be relieved with mild analgesics such as aspirin and acetaminophen. Severe migraine and cluster headaches do not respond to aspirin but can be relieved by a variety of medications that affect the expansion or contraction of blood vessels. Also, biofeedback techniques has been used to relieve many cases. Unfortunately there are those who have severe pain with which they are afflicted. Biofeedback is usually taught to you by a physical therapist. It is very easy and if you find that nothing else helps your headache then ask your doctor to refer you to a Physical Therapist or Headache Clinic.
The first thing to do,of course, is to get a check up to assure yourself that this is just an ordinary headache. Do not misunderstand, nothing about a severe headache is ordinary but it is best to make sure of the cause.
Sometimes it does not matter which kind you have it can be severe. Usually the cause is stress. Most of the time you can tell if you are having a migraine because it will hit you after the fact. The “fact” being some incident that occurred the day before that really upset you. Also with migraines you can see specks of light as you move your head and other problems with your vision. But the worse symptom would be nausea. I would suggest if this headache is not relieved within 2 days that you go to your doctor or the Emergency Room. The main reason being that when you have ongoing severe pain, your blood pressure will go up. If you are diabetic, your sugar level can go higher than usual.
Since we cannot get away from stress, we have to figure out how to relieve some of it so that we are not so severely affected. First of all, try to lay down in a dark room and put a cold wet cloth over your eyes and forehead. Doing this with the use of Tylenol or aspirin sometimes works if you do not wait too long into the pain. Exercise is another way to relieve stress and relieve headaches. Daily walking is the best medicine for many of your ailments. If you sit all day at the workplace, such as the computer, you need to get up and down often and do some neck and arm stretches. The tension can settle in your neck and shoulders if you are not moving around. Also if you have any type of headache, sometimes getting in a tub or shower and relaxing will help. Again if you have not waited too far into the pain. I found the key was to get help just as soon as I felt the headache beginning.
And last, and in my opinion, the best, is to go to a chiropractor. I use to be afraid to go to a chiropractor. A lot of people were. You use to hear stories. You never know how true they are but it always makes you wonder. But if you could see some of the people that they have helped you would definitely be a believer. Orthopedic doctors are now sending their patients to chiropractors to help them avoid surgery. Evidently our bodies and especially our backs, get out of line as we go about our daily life. Allowing a chiropractor to adjust you once a month makes a big difference in how you feel. Especially if you have headaches or backaches.
Since I haven’t had headaches in well over 10 yrs., I attribute that to my Chiropractor. When they manipulate your spine and get everything aligned like it should be, that neck and head pain will go away. Unfortunately, the way we bend and twist and abuse our bodies, we need to go back to a chiropractor every 3-4 weeks in order to keep those headaches away. Especially if you are a person like me, who was having them on a daily basis.
I find that is the best solution, it doesn’t matter what kind of headache you are having. I hope I have given some advice that might help someone. Constant headaches are horrible and no one should have to go through that.