Headache Cures and How To Find Them
Very few people don’t suffer from headaches, I have personally known 2 such lucky people, the rest of us have suffered to varying degrees.
Apart from my first migraine when a part of my vision was missing and I thought I was having a stroke I have not worried about them being caused by serious illness, they seldom are, but if you are concerned seek professional advice and immediately if you have any of the symptoms listed below.
1. A sudden onset, severe headache accompanied by nausea and vomiting
3. A high temperature/fever with neck stiffness, not able to bend chin to
4. Visual disturbances particularly that persist
5. Persistent recurring headaches accompanied by difficulty
concentrating, tiredness, apathy and memory problems
6. Difficulty controlling limbs
7. Difficulty with balance
8. Difficulty talking and communicating
9. Loss of sensation in parts of body, particularly arms and legs
Like most people I took over the counter (OTC) painkillers and migraine specific medication when I suffered one, but increasingly so over many years. It wasn’t until I read an article about how painkillers taken to often can result in more headaches, as a result of side effects or withdrawal symptoms, I decided to do some research on the subject of headache remedies.
I now wish I’d done it years previously, for I now rarely suffer from headaches because of what I learned.
Headaches are symptoms not a disease and there a different types of headaches that have different causes or triggers, with tension and migraine headaches being common. Don’t be put off by the amount of information about headaches you will find, you can quickly eliminate a lot of it by checking the symptoms of the types of headaches.
Once you have determined the type or types of headache you suffer from the next task is to look at common triggers for that type of headache. This again looks to be a daunting task but by keeping a Headache Diary to find what might trigger your headache becomes a lot easier, but can be very difficult without.
The Headache Diary
A Headache Diary allows you to see patterns regarding your headaches that you might otherwise miss, it is very much worth taking the effort to do it considering the possible rewards.
Simple changes in diet or lifestyle can make big differences to the amount of headaches you get, and for those headaches that still occur there are alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, although they are still an option that may be appropriate at certain times and certain of the more severe types of headaches.
Apart from alternatives to headache prevention or relief in the form of herbal remedies, physical methods such as massage or chiropractic treatment as examples, there are more recent devices such as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) machines that even show some good results with some of the more severe headaches for some people. The original TENS machines used for pain relief were effective but not always convenient to use, now there are some that look like headbands and much easier to use.
Don't give Up Hope!
Don’t give up if you don’t get success straight away, there is no panacea for all headaches and it will probably take some time to work out what triggers or causes your headaches and what gives you relief for any headaches you do get.
The shoulder exercises that have almost stopped me getting any tension headaches I at first gave up on because they sometimes caused a headache. It wasn’t until I persevered and carried on with the exercises working through this initial period of increased headaches that I finally got results. I can only assume this was my bodies re-adjustment period from years of muscle and postural stress.
There are headache cures out there and alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for headache relief, so keep looking and you will become the expert on your headaches, for who knows more about them than you, good luck!
Thought For The Day
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
- Henry Ford