Here are the sobering stats:
45 million people experience constant headaches.
80 million doctor visits due to headaches.
157 million workdays are lost due to headaches.
There are many reasons for headaches. Here are some of the more common triggers:
-Medication side effects
Here are 5 tips to keep in mind that may be beneficial in treating your headache:
1) Drink a glass of water, Daily! Drinking water (not soda) can alleviate dehydration, and can also move things, like certain foods out of your system faster.
2) Get a massage or acupuncture: Massage will reduce the stress that accumulates in the body, relaxing muscles and giving a greater sense of well being. Acupuncture can also reduce stress, but in many instances can get to the root of the problem. Allergies, depression, hormone imbalances, constipation can all be treated with acupuncture.
3) Use Ice or Heat. Headaches respond differently to temperature. There have been times when my tension headaches responds to heat on my upper back and ice on my forehead. Both heat and cold are effective in reducing perceived pain. Try them out. Just be careful, always use a cover between you and the temperature element. Don't place direct ice on the skin or heating pad, hot water bottle without a cover.
4) Get some rest. Puling all-nighters, and being overworked can cause headaches. This is the body's way of telling you to slow down. Listen to it! Take a power nap. Get some good quality sleep.
5) Diet: Create a food diary and track what you eat every day. Also noting when you get headaches. You may find a connection between certain foods and headaches. Some common food triggers are:
-Foods with nitrates: cured meats, wine
-Foods with MSG (monosodium glutamate)
-Caffeine products: Caffeine is known to dehydrate you causing one type of headache. But also caffeine is addictive, and when you stop drinking coffee (or any other caffeine product) can cause the caffeine withdrawal headache.
Also, don't forget, exercise, yoga, meditation may also be useful in preventing or treating headaches.
Any new type of headache or the worst imaginable pain should be checking by a doctor.
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