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The National Library of Medicine says that the most likely cause of accasional severe headaches is stress and tension. They also note that diet can also contribute to headaches. Watch out for: cheeses, nuts, and foods that contain caffeine like coffee, colas, and chocolate.
"In some cases a severe headache may be a migraine. Symptoms suggestive of migraine include, one-sided headache, throbbing quality, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea or vomiting. Sometimes these are preceded by an aura which may include sensory or visual changes. Some headaches may be a combination of tension and migraine headaches."
-- National Library of Medicine
LUCKY SEVEN HEADACHES TIPS
Here is some information that may help reduce or eliminate occasional headaches. If you suffer constantly from debilitating headaches you should be under the care of a physian, Chiropracter or other healthcare provider.
1. Keep a Headache Journal
Make your own statistics about your headaches. This may let you draw conclusions about your headaches. When do you get them? What where you doing before? After a sleepless night? After partying? Before your morning coffee? Statistics can often reveal a simple answer to your headache problem.
2. Eleminate Stress
Stress is one of the biggest factors in occassional headache pain. Or in constant pain if you are continually under stress and tension.
3. Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Some people get too much sleep, which is bad for some migraine sufferers, but most people don't get enough sleep. Lack of adequate rest and sleep can cause headaches. A lack of sleep also reduces our ability to deal with stress and tension, so we get a double wammie.
4. Throw Out the Butts
Both smoking and second hand smoke causes headaches for many people. If you stop smoking, or have someone close to you stop smoking, you may be able to live headache free.
5. Eat a Healthy Diet
Low fat diets help fight headaches for many. Drink plenty of water, too. Dehydration is a major cause in headache pain.
6. Get Lots of Oxygen
If you exercise on a regular basis and sit up straight you will increase the flow of oxygen in your system. This helps your metabolism and also helps reduce stress and headaches.
7. Get Your Eyes Examined
Eye strain can cause tension headaches and more. Our eyes change over the years, so if you haven't had your eyes examined in a year or two you may be suffering from proper vision care.
RECOMMENDED READING FOR
HEADACHE & ALLERGY RELIEF
- The Chiropractor's Health Book: Simple, Natural Exercises for Relieving Headaches, Tension, and Back Pain - Book
- The Food Allergy Cure: A New Solution to Food Cravings, Obesity, Depression, Headaches, Arthritis, and Fatigue - Book
- Headache Help: A Complete Guide to Understanding Headaches and the Medications That Relieve Them - Book
- The Headaches - Book
- Managing Your Headaches - Book
The Chiropractor's Health Book: Simple, Natural Exercises for Relieving Headaches, Tension, and Back Pain
by Leonard McGill
In this easy-to-follow guide, the director of the Life Chiropractic Center in Salt Lake City presents simple exercises to align the body, calm the mind, and stretch the muscles.
"This book contains many really good stretches that help alleviate pain and some which help to get you going in the morning. The author made all the written directions very clear and easy to follow. The photos are also very helpful. I've been using these stretches for several months, and enjoy them." -- A Headache Sufferer
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The Food Allergy Cure: A New Solution to Food Cravings, Obesity, Depression, Headaches, Arthritis, and Fatigue
by Ellen W., Dr. Cutler
Since she was a young child, Ellen Cutler suffered from constipation, bloating, irritability, cravings, and fatigue from food allergies. She later studied chiropractic with an emphasis on nutrition. Through studying a number of alternative therapies, she developed BioSET--a protocol to treat food allergies and conditions that may be caused by food allergies, such as asthma, headaches, ADHD, and many other disorders.
Cutler's theories, conclusions, and treatments may elicit raised eyebrows from M.D. allergy specialists, although they are commonly used by naturopaths. She diagnoses allergies by means of muscle testing: the patient holds a glass vial of the allergen in one hand while the health professional presses down on the other arm, with weakness indicating allergy. Part of her process uses acupressure to stimulate points on the spine to activate energy blocks and reprogram the brain to stop identifying the substance as an allergen. Her treatment includes enzyme therapy.
Much of The Food Allergy Cure is a discussion of allergies, their symptoms (which can be just about any ailment, complaint, or condition), causes, and food triggers, with plentiful case studies of Cutler's success with patients. There is very little actual self-help information here. Usually Cutler discusses a condition and its roots in food allergies, and then describes how successful she is in treating patients with this condition using her BioSET system. The only at-home treatments described in the book are muscle testing, acupressure technique, an introduction to detoxifying activities, and a number of dietary suggestions and recipes. Other than that, she advises you to consult a BioSET practitioner (you're directed to the author's Web site for a referral list) and/or order the products she promotes. --Joan Price
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Headache Help: A Complete Guide to Understanding Headaches and the Medications That Relieve Them - Fully Revised and Updated
by Lawrence, Md. Robbins, Susan S. Lang, Susan Lang
"Although headaches can't necessarily be cured, they can be controlled with certain lifestyle changes and, if needed, the wise and judicious use of modern medications," says neurologist Lawrence Robbins, M.D., founder of the Robbins Headache Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois. Robbins, who suffers from migraines himself, contends that many sufferers just put up with headaches, even though revolutionary modern treatments are effective and available. "Tragically, although headache doctors now have the medical know-how to help more than 90 percent of headache sufferers, more than 70 percent of sufferers never even consult a doctor about their headaches," Robbins writes.
If you suffer from severe headaches, nondrug therapies--while certainly worth trying--may not be enough. Therefore, the authors describe nonmedication strategies, but mainly focus on the vast array of medications that can dramatically reduce headache pain. For example, 10 pages describe "first-line medications for aborting migraines" in detail (including description, typical dose, and side effects) and in a clear, understandable style. If those don't work for you, the authors present "second-line medications" in similar detail. It's better not to have the migraine in the first place, of course, so you'll also learn many ways to prevent migraines, both drug and nondrug. Headache Help also helps you with tension headaches, cluster headaches, headaches in children and adolescents, and less common headaches. The first time you find relief from a chronic headache that you thought you had to endure, you'll be glad you read this book. --Joan Price
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by Jes Olesen (Editor), Peer Tfelt-Hansen (Editor), K. Michael A. Welch (Editor)
This encyclopedic reference provides definitive coverage of every aspect of every clinically discrete type of headache--from the ubiquitous tension headache to the neurologically complicated headache associated with life-threatening cerebrovascular disorders. Under the editorial guidance of three distinguished headache specialists, more than 100 leading international authorities in pertinent basic and clinical areas have joined forces to produce this timely, comprehensive review.
The Headaches offers clinicians a systematic approach to rapid diagnosis and optimal management, as well as an enhanced appreciation of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and biochemistry of the cephalic circulation and pericranial muscles; the psychological dimensions of headache; and the rationale underlying pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic prophylaxis and palliation.For each headache type, the book details the etiology; signs and symptoms; physical, neurologic, imaging, and laboratory findings; and treatment options. Complete information is provided on the entire current pharmacologic armamentarium--including the new serotonin agonist, sumatriptan--and on psychological, behavioral, and other nonpharmacologic interventions. Management issues in special patient populations such as children, the elderly, and the psychiatrically ill are also addressed.
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Managing Your Headaches
by Mark W. Green MD, Leah M. Green MD
Frequent headaches seriously affect the quality of life for millions of sufferers. The result can be lost productivity and lost income, restricted ability, lower self-esteem, and even social isolation. For many it takes years to find the appropriate medication to manage their headaches effectively.
In MANAGING YOUR HEADACHES, Dr. Mark and Leah Green explain what information you should record for your physician, what a physician is looking for in a neurological examination, and what you should and should not do to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. They discuss the effects of stress, psychological factors, food triggers, and environmental risks. The authors explain the symptoms of migraine, cluster, and tension-type headaches, as well as less common types. They address common concerns and misconceptions and explain current knowledge about headache causes in understandable terms.
The newest most effective medications and their possible side effects are evaluated. The authors also explain how to prevent rebound headaches from overmedication and how nonmedical treatments, such as exercise and massage therapy, can be of value.
MANAGING YOUR HEADACHES will tell you what you need to know to better control your headaches. Armed with the information in this book, you can be aware of the latest treatment options and can have more helpful discussions with your physician.
Dr. Mark Green is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Associate Director of the Headache Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Leah Green is a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College in Valhalla.
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Allergies can cause headaches for many people. Our air has become polluted and this has increased the sufferers of allergies, which has increased headaches, also.
A recent poll from the allergy section on about.com revealed these results on personal causes of headaches:
- Foods - 12%
- Pollens - 14%
- Scented products - 18%
- Secondhand smoke - $13%
- Sinuses - 17%
- Other - 14%
If you see a cause of your headaches listed above, you may not just be a headache sufferer, but an allergy sufferer with headache symptoms.
Besides allergies, other headaches causes are:
- Lack of Sleep
- Stress & Tension
- Eye Strain
- Non-ergonomic correct positions
- Lack of exersice
- Lack of oxygen
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