My Personal Experience: Causes, Natural Cure, And Some Tips To Avoid Headache
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??
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.
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!!
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.
Strong scents: A very strong scent too triggers my pain. I can't tolerate strong scents for a longer time.
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.
- 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:
Lack of sleep.
Stress or excitement.
Cocoa products (caffeine containing products)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
- 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.
- 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??
- I don't wear tight dresses at home. I don't buy very tight dresses.
- 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!!!
- 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.
- 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.
- I avoid myself going out during hot times of the day, unless absolutely necessary.
- 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.