Those with headaches know: a headache is never “just a headache.” Headaches can be debilitating, causing everything from intense, pounding pain to nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. And pretty much everyone gets them! Headache is one of the most common symptoms in the general population, with migraine and tension-type headaches accounting for most cases. Hey, at least it helps to know you’re in good company, right? What to do about your headaches depends on why you've got one. If it's a tension headache, there are things you can try rather than suffer through it. That includes using hot or cold packs on your head or eyes, relaxing, improving your posture, or getting a soothing massage. Science says all of these tricks can be helpful. Also, stress is a huge trigger, but surprisingly, studies show that minor stressors (can't find your keys) tend to cause more headaches than big ones (stressing about climate change). So, try not to sweat the small stuff. That’s good advice in general—that way we stress less, and save our real worry for the big stuff that matters! Migraines and headaches caused by infections and chronic disease can be more serious—even debilitating—and relief is harder to come by. While you’re addressing the underlying health issue, you can still take care of yourself with stress relief and relaxation techniques, in addition to (or maybe even instead of) pain meds. Acupuncture, especially from a skilled practitioner with expertise in headaches, can provide amazing natural pain relief, as can medicinal plants (feverfew is one to try) and essential oils. We especially love lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus because they're super-soothing when inhaled or applied topically, or both. Some also swear by saunas and hot yoga, so if sweating helps your head, try both! Blue light-blocking glasses might also help relieve the headache you get from staring a computer for hours on end (also, don't do that, okay?). And remember: if anyone ever says it’s “just” a headache, they’ve clearly never had a bad one!
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everyday I'm in pain and I don't know why I'm guessing it could be stress. my arms always aching on and off and my jaw hurts then I get headaches but I don't know why. I play guitar and workout but that used to never cause any pain and tylenol doesn't work either
I started taking the vitamin Ritual and weeks after started getting headaches and feeling horrible. I stopped taking it and it all went away. I want to tell people that some supplements can not always work with your body and have side effects. So make sure to be mindful after you start a new vitamin. I didn't think anything of it and realized maybe that is the issue.
how do you know if you have Lyme ? it is said that some cases it doesn’t show. how can you pin point when you have other problems ? I’ve had diarrhea for over a month obviously with a lot of anxiety and depression. along with it. I’ve been having a lot of heart palpitations, muscle twitching. headaches and facial muscle twitching. today I’m actually having some jaw pain. now I’ve had a ekg & blood test though I am thinking of re doing the blood test.
New here. Feeling horrible. Sick since Nov. Exhausted, sweating off and on, drenching night sweats, horrible asthma/productive cough. Then last 2 weeks pupil issues, double vision. Went to primary dr who has me coming back for a TB test Tues, referral to eye dr & neuro, and blood labs tomorrow. I have a horrible headache/neck pain neuralgia issues last 3 days & the word TB was not on my check list today. 😑🙃😕
I went out for the first time in months to PT and I think my mask/lack of oxygen gave me an MCAS flare?!?!! I was itchy, had livedo reticularis, cold hands and a headache. Any one have an experience like this?
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