A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Headaches and Migraines
I had a question the other day about headaches and migraines.
Migraines and other types of headaches are painful and can rob you of quality of life.
Although not all headaches are the same, they all share at least one thing in common — they cause pain.
The most common types of headaches are tension, migraine, cluster, and sinus.
People with tension headaches report:
>Pain is mild to moderate, constant, band-like, pressure or throbbing
>Pain affects the front, top or sides of your head.
>Pain usually begins gradually, and often in the middle of the day
>Pain lasts from 30 minutes to several days
>Headache upon awakening
>Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
>Mild sensitivity to light or noise
>General muscle aching.
People with migraine headaches report:
>Moderate to severe pain (often pounding, throbbing pain) affecting your whole head, or can shift from one side of your head to the other
>Sensitivity to light, noise or odors
>Nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain
>Loss of appetite
>Sensations of being very warm or cold
>Bright flashing dots or lights, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines (aura)
People with cluster headaches report:
>Intense one-sided pain with a burning or piercing quality either throbbing or constant
>Pain located behind one eye or in the eye region
>Pain lasts a short time (generally 30-90 minutes, but can last for 3 hours)
>The headache will disappear and recur later that day (most sufferers get 1-3 headaches per day during a cluster period)
>Headaches occur very regularly
>They often awaken the person at the same time during the night.
People with sinus headaches report:
>Deep and constant pain in the cheekbones
>Forehead or bridge of the nose which usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining
>Occurs with other sinus symptoms, like nasal discharge
>A feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling.
To deal with headaches and migraines it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day. At the onset of a headache or migraine try a large glass of water or Performance – you may simply be dehydrated or low on electrolytes.
*Identify your triggers, including food. Some of the most common triggers are aged cheese, processed meats, pickles, onions, olives, certain types of beans, raisins, nuts, avocados, canned soups, and red wine. Keeping a headache diary is a good way to identify connections between your headaches and your diet. Map out when your headaches start and what you’ve eaten that day and the day before.
*Avoid additives. Certain food additives are also common headache triggers. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most common headache-causing additives. MSG is found in soy sauce, Chinese foods and many packaged foods.
*Beware of “brain freeze”. Most of us have experienced the brief stab of severe pain that comes with eating or drinking something too cold. This type of headache is usually felt in the middle of your forehead, but for migraine sufferers this pain can be felt in areas affected during a migraine. For people prone to migraines, it can be the beginning of a full-fledged attack.
*Don’t skip meals. While many people have sensitivities to particular foods, others develop headaches when they don’t eat.
*Have a chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation.
*Ensure optimal digestion and elimination (upset and constipation are often triggers).
*Get enough sleep.
*Use stress release techniques.
*Consider emotional connections.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Look into craniosacral therapy.
*Breath deeply to oxygenate your cells.
*Consider hydrotherapy techniques.
*Maintain level blood sugars.
*Have hormone levels checked.
*Have eyes checked. Rest eyes regularly.
*Have jaw alignment checked.
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