Headaches are something that almost all of us have every so often. When I have them, I would first drink plenty of water and take a banana before I take any medicine. Bananas and water cannot work with some kinds of headaches. Headaches exist in hundreds of types. Unfortunately, millions of people in the U.S. get misdiagnosed every year when they come to get medical attention after suffering from headache symptoms.
A disturbing truth about headaches is that even today scientists haven’t been able to find the causes behind a wide range of headaches. Thus, trying to treat a specific kind of headache can be complicated.
Some headaches are not dangerous and can be caused by nothing more than fatigue or dehydration. But they can also be signs of some serious kind of illness.
Dr. Sakib Qureshi MD is a neurologist and in this video he speaks about the red-light warning associated with some types of headaches. He also explains how you can tell the difference between temporary headaches and the types which can actually be life-threatening.
So when you have a headache or migraine and you are thinking of taking a few pills, it will be best to wait and look at the symptoms. This will help you determine if something is serious or not.
Types of Headaches
Headaches are categorized into 4 main types for the commonly occurring ones. Each type can give you some insight into what may be wrong with your body. When you know the kind of headache you have, it can become easier to find the underlying problem and treat it correctly. Painkillers are going to give you nothing more than temporary relief. Here I am giving you some highly effective natural alternatives for alleviating the pain.
So the 4 common types of headaches are as following:
1. Tension Headache
This is the most commonly occurring kind of headache. You will have a constant pressure or ache, which is mostly focused around the temples or the back of the head and neck. It can also be a radiating pain that appears above and below the eyes. You can tell between tension headaches and migraines because the former are not as severe as the latter. These headaches usually don’t cause vomiting or nausea. According to experts, contraction of the scalp and neck muscles may be cause behind tension headaches. It can also be a response to stress.
Treating tension headaches:
– Drink ginger tea for reducing inflammation.
– Add peppermint oil to the hairline for relaxing muscles of the head and neck, and for its cooling sensation.
Combine both these natural remedies to get relief from the pain associated with tension headache.
Over 38 million adults and children suffer from migraines in the United States. Migraines occur mostly in the age group 25-55, but almost anyone can have them. Migraines are worse than even a bad headache. They involve severe and incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. Migraines involve intense throbbing and severe pain, mostly on one side and they are of recurring nature. Around a third of these attacks occur on both the side. Migraines mostly occur with other symptoms such as:
– Visual disturbances
– High level of sensitivity toward light, sound, smell and touch
– Numbness / tingling in the face
Another characteristic of this headache is that it radiates from top to down on your face.
– Nutrients: Using vitamin B12, also called riboflavin, has been found to be beneficial for those having migraines. Similarly, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium have also been found to be beneficial. You have to ensure that you take adequate amount of these nutrients in your regular diet for helping prevent migraine attacks.
– Aerobic exercises – As per a 2011 study, aerobic exercise can be beneficial in the prevention of migraines. It was found not be almost equivalent in effectiveness as the topiramate (a preventative migraine medication). This indicated that you could exercise daily to replace medication.
3. Cluster Headache
These types of headaches will normally occur above a single eye. They are also more common among men. These headaches are also recurring and they could occur in a cycle or group.
This type of headache appears suddenly and the pain can be extremely severe and debilitating and occurs only on one side. It may also be accompanied with nasal congestion, water eye, or sometimes a runny nose. All that is known about it is that it occurs when a there is activation of a specific nerve pathway at the base of the brain. Scientists have not yet been able to determine the cause.
Treating cluster headache:
Take a small amount of capsaicin cream and apply it to the nostril where you have the pain. It will help in blocking the nerve pain signals. Cayenne pepper is the active ingredient found in capsaicin cream.
4. Sinus Headache
Sinus headaches are experienced when there is inflammation in a sinus and it causes pain. Scientists have found that these headaches are caused by infection. Normally, they occur along with fever and pressure around your forehead, cheeks and eyes.
Treating sinus headaches:
– Drink plenty of fluids to ensure that your body remains hydrated at all times. Drink warm water because it is beneficial in opening the sinuses and reducing inflammation.
– Vitamin C – This vitamin contains high amounts antioxidants. It helps your body fight infections. Start taking foods which have lots of vitamin C. This especially includes oranges and lemon green tea.
– Also take fresh ginger and warm soup because they have both pain killing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
– You should also apply hot and cold compress.
Other included sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
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