It sounds like a simple question, and yet there is a great deal of misunderstanding over what a headache is. Therefore, we’re going to address the answer to the question: What is a headache? In doing so, we will take a closer look at head pain symptoms as well as the elusive search for a natural treatment for head pains. Our discussion should provide you with hope that natural resolution of your head pains may be nearer than you think.
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While there are two different definitions for the word headache, we’re talking about the medical term. In this case, a headache quite literally refers to pain in the head. That seems simple enough. So why do we have to discuss the symptoms of a headache? Isn’t head pain the only symptom that matters?
The fact is that other symptoms that accompany a head pain can help determine what kind of head pain it is. It can also help to determine whether a person is dealing with a primary headache or a secondary headache. What is the difference?
Thus, it becomes clear that other symptoms play a key role in the diagnosis of a head pain With that in mind, no one is likely to have all of the symptoms on this list. However, just 2 or 3 of the symptoms may be all it takes for a doctor to recognize the source of the head pain:
Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of every type of symptom that could occur along with a head pain. It does, however, give you an idea of the things that are pertinent when explaining your head pain to a doctor. Don’t leave out a symptom because you don’t think it is related.
When you think about head pain treatment, the first thing that probably comes to mind is an over-the-counter drug such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. What is wrong with reaching for a couple of pills every time a head pain springs up?
The fact is that these medications are only intended for occasional use. They say it right on the bottle. However, when a person has a chronic headache issue, there can be a nasty side effect to these medications – rebound headaches.
That’s right – the very pills someone is taking to stop one head pain is causing the next one. In fact, some experts believe that medication overuse is one of the most common factors in the onset of chronic daily headache conditions. The only way to know just how many of your headaches are being caused by the pills is to quit them for a week or two and see how much the frequency of the head pain drops.
It’s no wonder then that people are looking for a natural way to deal with headaches. Here are some of the home remedies that people are trying:
One major cause of headaches is food sensitivities. As a result, people are cutting everything from gluten to dairy products out of their diet in an attempt to break free from headaches and just feel better in general. If you have a food sensitivity, definitely stay away from that particular food. If not, changing your diet is unlikely to affect your headaches.
Vitamin B6, magnesium, and the list goes on. People are taking all sorts of supplements to solve their headaches. If the headaches are due to a deficiency, this is a great way to take care of such an issue.
Sadly, many people get headaches just because they don’t drink enough water. Try using an app to track your water intake. If you are drinking 8-12 glasses per day and still get headaches, then this isn’t the right option for you (although you should definitely keep drinking the water).
Exercise reduces stress and helps the body cope with pain. Plus, it can strengthen your spine, which is a plus since many headaches are related to the neck.
This is a niche in the chiropractic field that specifically targets the top two bones in the neck. They play a vital role in brainstem function, facilitating blood flow to the brain, and allowing for cerebrospinal fluid drainage. It is no wonder that many people report fewer and less severe migraines even after their first visit.
If you are suffering from headaches, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, we encourage you to give upper cervical chiropractic a try. Start by finding a practitioner in your local area by using the search feature.
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