Headaches can be a minor nuisance or they can be debilitating. I’ve had migraine headaches that made me yearn for death. Most of the time headaches are mild. The pain is mild enough that we can go on with our lives. Sometimes we take an analgesic for relief.
How do headaches present; what types of headaches are there?
A sinus headache usually creates pain behind the forehead or cheekbones; a cluster headache creates pain around the eye; a tension headache gives a squeezing sensation and the migraine headache causes severe pain, nausea, dizziness and at times visual changes. The worst is the migraine headache.
There are various triggers of headaches that are suspected such as medications, stress, glare and various foods. Migraines are likely from stress and chocolate among other reasons.
Why go through this quick study of headaches?
There is some new information as to the cause of all headaches. Actually there are two new identifications in the war on headaches.
As we age many of us battle sleep apnea. We are awakened by our own snoring. We don’t breathe correctly and we wake up a lot even though we don’t know it. When I had a sleep study done I had awakened 554 times-shocking. It was no wonder that I fell asleep in my office at work while reading and felt drugged all day long.
As it turns out as reported in “Healthy Cells Magazine” one thing that causes all types of headaches is Sleep Apnea because it creates a lack of oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes pain in the head as well as the fact that a low oxygen levels causes the blood vessels to widen adding to the pain.
Another reason that has now been identified in the cause of headaches is Temporomandibular Joint disorder. In this case rather than lack of oxygen causing the pain abnormal muscle-tightening in the jaws carries upwards to the head. This causes a variety of pains and is most involved with cluster headaches and migraines.
While not a new cause of headaches, Stress has to be mentioned because it is a villain in every type of headache. In fact if we were to go through any litany of illnesses we would find stress in there to some degree.
What can we learn from this information?
The easy part is that we must learn to relax and perhaps more realistically get away from our normal pressures and, perhaps come to the realization that after we have given any situation our best shot the rest is out of our hands.
The hard part in all of this is when you know you have a problem you must go get help from the medical or dental profession. It is not fun to get a sleep study and yet a person will trade that off to have to go to the emergency room several times.
It isn’t enough just to know new information; it has to be used.
“Headaches: A TMJ/Sleep Apnea Connection?” Article, Jennifer Krahe and Angela Prayne, “Healthy cells Magazine” October 2010
emedicinenet website, “Mild Headache Causes”
emedicinenet website, “Migraine Headache Causes”