My Personal Experience: Causes, Natural Cure, And Some Tips To Avoid Headache

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Being a migraine sufferer I can understand how it feels when it comes to headache. I'm having such headaches from the age of 10, I guess, and since then I've been trying out some of the means which can possibly relieve my pains. I've found some methods which succeeded to reduce my migraine pain. And I feel if these could work on migraine pains then these would definitely work for the normal pains as well. Below I'm discussing the means, that I've noticed, triggers headaches and what I do to reduce the pain.

One thing I'm not sure about...

I've heard that chocolate induces headache and I'm not really sure about this fact as I'm a chocolate junkie and I never noticed that chocolate ever induced my headache. But if chocolate is inducing your pains then I would recommend you to eat less chocolate and preferably eat dark chocolates. Dark chocolate has a lots of  benefits.

What triggers my headache??

  1. Loss of water (dehydration) and lack of food: I noticed this when I was in school. Each time when I used to eat less of my lunch or don't eat anything on the break time, and those days when I don't used to hydrate myself properly, I used to get my headache on.

  2. Excessive heat: This is what brought my headache into my parent's notice. Whenever I used to have games/sports period, that day I used to get headaches. My father noticed that on every Monday and Tuesday I'm having headache (I was around 10 years old). Those days I used to have sport periods on Mondays and Tuesdays in the afternoon hours which you can guess is the hottest time of the day. Me and my parents discovered that spending a lots of time under the sun is actually triggering my headache. And the problem was that there was not even a single tree on the playground!!

  3. Stress on my eyes: Whenever I spend a lots of time on my computer, I develop headache. And on the exam days when I need to stare on the question paper and write the answers continuously for the exam durations, i.e, 3 hours, I used to had headache on that days.

  4. Strong scents: A very strong scent too triggers my pain. I can't tolerate strong scents for a longer time.

  5. Strong smells!!: Strong, bad smell too triggers my headache. A longer exposure to strong smells too trigger my headache. Both in the case of strong smell and strong scents I just feel someone is hammering my head.

  6. Tight clothing: My body gets irritated and as a result...you know what I would say!!

>>These were the major factors that triggers MY headache. But there can be other factors too that can induce headache like:

  1. Depression.

  2. Lack of sleep.

  3. Stress or excitement.

  4. Cocoa products (caffeine containing products)

  5. Alcohol etc.

What I do for relaxation??

I don't go for any kind of treatments but sometimes when the pain is out of my tolerance, I do take a pain relieving pill. Other than this, you can follow the following steps that I do.

  1. What I do is, massage my head. I usually get pain on only one side of my head, that is migraine pain. There are certain methods that you can follow to massage. For headaches near eye areas, put you fingers above and below the eyebrows and hold your eyebrow region in between your fingers (thumb and index finger) and start pressing the area right from the start (the blunt end of your eyebrow) and gradually going back toward the pointed end and then coming back to the blunt end. Using both the hands for providing the massage will do even better. Washing your eyes with cold water will also do in this case. If you have pain on the back of your head then massage your head where the pain is. Using the finger tips to press down the point where you're actually having headache rather than pressing with your palm or all the fingers flat, will be giving you much more relief. I believe so. Less surface area helps you providing more pressure. So, it works on that way.
  2. Combing also do well. Comb your head by pressurizing your comb on your head a bit hard. That increases the flow of blood in your head and I've noticed that it is very much relieving. There are some massaging combs available in the market and that also do well. I had one but broke that. That, in-fact, completely can cure your headache and I would recommend that. It really has cured my pains when I had that. Basically you just need to put it on and it starts vibrating. Comb your head in a very, very slow motion so that the area could be massaged by the vibrations. You don't need to apply any pressure, the comb will do its job.
  3. Whenever my headache is because of the excessive heat, I simply lower my body temperature after returning home by sitting for 15 to 20 minutes under a normal fan, then I take bath and put a lot of cold water on my head. I simply flood my head with cold water. But remember, don't just jump in the bathroom immediately after returning back without lowering the temperature of your body. That will make you condition worse!!
  4. The other thing what I do is, put some good pain relieving balm on my forehead and sit in a quite, dark room all alone, closing the doors (to avoid noises) and my eyes and not thinking about anything. Don't do much of activities as that will increase your pain even more. So, quietly sit down or lay down in a dark room. This works like magic, honestly.
  5. And as I mentioned before that I do take pain relieving pills when my pain is very severe. I take Paracetamol (PCM) and very rarely, Disprin (when PCM is not available) but TAKE ADVICE FROM YOUR DOCTOR and don't just take any crap!! And never take these medicine empty stomach. A longer use in a empty stomach can cause ulcers or may irritate your stomach and body in other ways.

What I do to avoid headaches??

  1. I don't wear tight dresses at home. I don't buy very tight dresses.
  2. I don't use strong scented perfumes and deodorants. Sometimes I use powder/talc and it works good for me. They usually don't have a strong scent, so I basically prefer that. I occasionally use perfumes and deodorants which has a very light scent. And for the smells, I avoid myself going in smelly areas or if I have to go to such place I literally hold my breath for short durations!! I breath and then I hold my breath for sometime and continue the process!!!
  3. I always keep myself hydrated and eat time to time. This is very important. Health is wealth!! Keep some snacks or cake or whatever you like to eat, with you always so that if somethings is not available at the moment and you're starving then you can simply grab the one you have and make your stomach relaxed. Always keep a bottle of water too.
  4. I just don't stick to my computer for a longer time, at least, not continuously for hours. I do give my eyes rest. I take proper sleep. I take rest after returning home from exams and I usually sleep for 3 hours which may sound crazy during day but it's okay for me. This actually helps me reduce stress on my eyes and hence the headache. Even on a daily routine, do take rest of at least 1 hour when you return home from school. You'll feel fresh and no headaches further on rest of the day. I don't think much and get tensed. I try to keep my mind cool as well. And I take break during studies as well. I avoid myself staring at a single point for a longer time. Even while using computer I get my eyes off the computer screen and look away from it for about 25 to 30 seconds in every 15 minutes or so.
  5. I avoid myself going out during hot times of the day, unless absolutely necessary.
  6. I never leave my head dry. I always apply oil in my head to prevent dryness because as soon as my head gets dry, it starts getting hot...very hot. That also triggers my headache. Oil makes my head cool and makes me feel light. I simply apply oil on the roots so that it's not visible at the top and rub off my hands on the rest of the hairs to make them look glossy. So, that's not a bad option for me.

What else you can do??

First of all I would say, try to figure out what is actually triggering you pain. I know what triggers my pain and hence I was able to avoid the activities/things in order to avoid my pain. Try to reach up to the base. If you're getting a headache because of stress then try not to get tensed or stressed. If you're having a headache due to alcohols then try to reduce that. You've to work for your own treatment, or you've the option to take specific treatments and spend a lots of money on it. You simply need to change a bit of your lifestyle.

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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Great hub, voted up and awesome and also following!


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India Author

@moma... Thanks a lot for being the first commenter and for the follow!! :-)


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ALUR 5 years ago from USA

Interesting solutions to a problem I've suffered from since a major fall left me with a minor concussion. I think most will help me though my scalp is tender so the combing may not be beneficial. It's also nerve issues related to the facia...

As for natural healing I've found acupuncture helps but for short term relief.

Reality is no one knows how to relate unless they have similar pain, so it can be a lonely journey.


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India Author

@alur... yes I've also heard that acupuncture and acupressure too helps in curing the headache but I've never tried them.... But I think I should. Thanks for commenting... :-)


Serena Gabriel 5 years ago

I love the cat photos at your hubs, by the way!

I'm, also, prone to headaches - stress, light and noise induced. I've had them since I was a small child. I find all of your advice to be very relevant.

Incidentally, I cannot wear my hair in a ponytail for very long before I start getting a mild headache. (Everybody wonders why I don't wear my hair up!) I wonder how common that is?

I find that very strong peppermint oil works wonders on many of my headaches. Sometimes it's all that works.


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India Author

@serena.... Well I didn't mentioned on the hub but yes I too don't tie my hair too tight because if I do I get headache!! The tight area tends to get hotter and eventually I end up with headache..... So, you're not alone!! Thanks for the follow and comments...!! :-)


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

An excellent hub with very useful information. I have a sister who suffers from migraine headaches so I will pass your tips onto her. I'm sure she will find them a great help when she has one of her painful headaches.

Luckily I don't suffer from migraines. But I did work with a lady many years ago who suffered from migraines and she was adament that eating fruit, especially oranges, caused her to have a migraine. I haven't heard of this being verified anywhere but it would be interesting to know if either yourself or other hubbers have found this to be the case.

An excellent hub + voted up!


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India Author

There can be a variety of reasons for migraine. Migraine is still not properly understood. Maybe someone else would have the same problems with banana. Migraine is a mystery disease. It hardly happens that two different persons have the exactly same kind of migraine starters.

Fruits is not a problem for me. Strong scent/smell is. Lets see if any other person has the same problem or not. :-)


masmasika 5 years ago

Great hub and very useful. voted up


klasziq 4 years ago from USA, NEW YORK

@Sneha Sunny,

I would like to add that, headache is usually triggered when we subject the brain to an environment that revolves sound and sound pressure. In addition, there are other common symptoms I noticed to cause unnecessary headache.

One, when you get exposed for a long period of time to sound-beating environment, or you consistently speak within a noisy environment. The loud sound sends banging waves to the brain, which put pressure on the brain and double its circulatory flow function. The result is high pumping beats from the flow. This causes the brain to be excited and that creates headache.

two, long exposition to the sun, or heat. When you get expose to high degree temperature sun, this boils up the body somatic system. The effect is that, it increases the rate at which the blood circulate from the brain to the entire body. As a pressure to the brain, this causes the brain to pump 3x more.

SOLUTION:

The best and easy solution I discover to headache is,

one, take a cold or warm bath. This will cool down the entire body system, and bring the organs in the body, including the brain, to start functioning with the normal speed rate.

two, if you are lazy to take a bath, take off the clothes you are wearing prior to the headache developing. Wear a new and fresh set of clothes. Before changing your clothing to fresh and new/clean one, watch your head and face with cold water. Thereafter, take a nap. Sleeping helps to return the body system to its default/original/normal mode. when you are sleeping, make sure that you are not sleeping with any sound or beat effect around. let the room be quiet and tranquil as possible.

try the above solution first, before considering using a pain killer/relief tablets, like acetaminophen.


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Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India Author

@klaziq.... thanks for adding the points. I always do the first point you told, as I've mentioned in the hub also. But the second one,,,,, I do try to sleep during headache but when I lie down my headache increases and gets too much! Therefore until I get my headache a bit cured I can't sleep. Sometimes I can't sleep whole night because of headache. Also my neck muscle becomes stiff and pains. So I usually put pain relieving balms so that I can't feel the pain and can take sleep. But that doesn't lasts for long, doesn't works for long when the pain is severe. Irritating thing for me!! Yes, I keep pills as the last option or if the headache starts early in the morning because I can't concentrate on anything with that much pain.

Thanks for the comment and follow... :)


klasziq 4 years ago from USA, NEW YORK

@Sneha Sunny,

For the headache, before you try going to sleep, did you take a cold bath? If not, you have to bath, with cold water, depending on the weather condition of your location. If it is a temperate region, then the cold bath will be appropriate. The cold bath helps to relax the muscles and veins in your body system. Sleeping is a way of putting the body in an inactive mode, where everything within you body system are relax and function less. Headache means that your body is still functioning and working excessively. So, with the cold water running through your body, it will extinguishes that high heat and energy emitting from your body. After taken a bath, try not to go to sleep immediately. Sit down and relax or something, but do not let the activity involve some sort of sound beat or noise that will increase the headache pain. Also, drink enough cold water. You can suck or lick on ice cubes, this helps to cool down the internal body temperature.

For you neck muscle and stiffness and pain, cold water bath and relaxation will be helpful.


wwolfs 4 years ago

Interesting and useful information on migraine headaches. I hardly ever have one but your list of what could trigger one is great for anyone that does suffer with them. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up and useful!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting read Sneha. I have been suffering from migraine for years together now. I used to take painkillers, and slowly had to increase the dosage, as lower dose did not help. It came to a point where painkillers do not work. I am very careful about taking them now. Some of these tips help, not always and they differ from person to person.

Having experience of migraine, I can understand how horrible that pain can be. The best we can do is eat on time and avoiding dehydration. One should also avoid walking in the sun.

Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up and sharing.


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India Author

livingsta... true, that not all of these tips work for everybody. Migraine type differ person to person. Avoiding heat, eating in right time and hydrating ourselves is the best way to avoid migraine.

Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience. :)


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Kosmo 3 years ago from California

Lots of good advice here. I find that caffeine and ginkgo biloba relieve headache pain, though I also realize that caffeine overuse or withdrawal can cause headaches too. What's a person to do? Later!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is a very helpful article. I don't experience migraines much, but I have headaches once in a while. I have discovered most of the triggers, and try to be careful.

I like your section on triggers, and that you included a section on relaxation and what you do to avoid headaches.

Voted up and sharing. Many people would find this information useful.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Wow, this is great information. My mother gets migraines so I will pass this along to her. I had a co-worker who suffered terribly from migraines and high fructose corn syrup is what triggered hers. It's great that you're sharing some ways that might help other headache sufferers.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Great article and tips! I know of a few people that suffer from migraines one of them being my sister-in-law who occasionally suffers from migraines. Whenever she has an episode, even light exacerbates the problem so it helps when she draws the curtains and rests. Thanks for sharing.


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India Author

Migraines are really very painful and irritating. I couldn't even sleep due to pain when I get migraine. And it is very important to know what triggers migraine because that is the only way to avoid migraine. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and sharing! :)


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India Author

I hope your mother will find this useful. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India Author

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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