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Headaches


Headaches are among the most common ailment causing Americans pain and distress. As many as 1 out of 10 people suffer at least one episode a week. Most headaches are caused by an inflammation or swelling of the blood vessels in the head. This usually is triggered by an emotional factor, such as tension, stress, worry, or anxiety.

Fatigue can also cause headaches, and sometimes the presence of an infection brings on headaches. A prolonged headache may be the sign of a more serious medical problem, such as an abscess or a tumor. There are several different types of headaches, including tension, sinus, and migraines.

Tension headaches are not usually confined just to the head; pressure and pain can be felt at the temples, the base of the neck, and may even extend to the muscles of the back. Typical causes of tension headaches are worry, anxiety, fatigue, stress, and depression.

Women seem to be more susceptible than men, and heredity does not appear to play a role. Sinus headaches are usually due to irritation or congestion of the sinus cavities brought on by allergies, colds and infections. The pain tends to be concentrated around and behind the eyes, and bending over can make it worse. Altitude changes, such as flying, can also worsen the symptoms.

Migraines are the most severe, characterized by intense, throbbing pain which usually affects only one side of the head, as well as the forehead and temples. A migraine can last from several hours to several days, and can be preceded by visual disturbances, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hands, face, or lips.

Other symptoms can include dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting, and the eyes may be abnormally sensitive to light. Triggers for migraines can be stress, hormonal changes, certain foods, alcohol, and even some odors. Heredity seems to be a factor, and women generally get more migraines than men by a factor of 3-1. The most common over-the-counter remedies for headaches include aspirin (do NOT give aspirin to children under 16 unless directed by a physician), acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

Sinus headaches can be relieved with non-prescription antihistamines and decongestants. Serious migraine headaches most often are relieved with prescription drugs that can reduce the swelling of the blood vessels in the head, kill the pain, and prevent or reduce the number of attacks.

No matter what type of headache you have, there are some things you can do to ease the pain: try massage, warm baths and exercise programs to reduce the tension; apply hot or cold ice packs to the head and neck; get plenty of sleep and rest; avoid stressful situations; and read or listen to relaxing music. It is important to consult your physician or pharmacist before using any over-the-counter drugs or treatments. They will be able to advise you on proper usage and can warn you of possible side effects and contraindications.

It's Pounding And Throbbing

Headaches can range from mild ones like tension-type to more severe ones like cluster headache and migraine.

Tension-Type Headache

Causes: Stress, physical problems, psychological issues or depression.

Symptoms: Soreness in the temples. Headache experienced in the forehead, temple or the back of the head and neck.

Migraine

More prevalent in women, the attack is usually so severe that the sufferer may be unable to work or lead a proper social life.

Causes: Tends to be genetic though stress and fatigue are known triggers.

Symptoms: One-sided, pulling pain. Nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Cluster Headache

The attack lasts about half an hour each time. Sufferers are known to have one to four headaches a day.

Causes: Sufferers tend to be smokers and alcohol is believed to be the trigger.

Symptoms: Usually a one-sided, excruciating pain. Pain may first be felt near the eye, and spread to the temple and cheek.

Botox

Two recent studies show two new uses for Botox injections: preventing recurring headaches and relieving pain from haemorrhoid surgery. In both cases, the relief comes from the drug's ability to paralyse muscles, preventing the spasms that cause pain.

Pill Causes Headaches

"Not tonight, honey °. Ironically, that's what women who take oral contraceptives are say ing more often. Such women have increased chances of suffering from headaches. a new studs has found. The reason? Something about levels of estrogen dropping, the experts at the Norw egian National Headache Center say.

The New Dizziness Cure

It's common to get a head rush when you get up from a seated or lying down position too quickly. A simple solution: drink two glasses of water about 15 minutes before standing up. That boosts blood pressure and prevents the spins, according to Dr Tim Young, a neurologist at Imperial College in London. If you're in good health, the temporary dizziness is just a harmless drop in blood pressure, he says. But if you have persistent dizzy spells, see a doctor to rule out health issues.

 

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