Ladies and gentlemen, we all have headaches. Some people have them when they are tired, some people have them if they don’t sleep enough, some people have headaches when they don’t drink enough water, etc. A quick question – did you know that headaches are one of the main reasons why people miss days at work or school or visit a doctor? Well, the answer is yes and according to the latest statistics (provided by the National Headache Foundation), more than 28 million Americans suffer from migraines alone.
As we mentioned before, there are many different causes for headaches, from the cold to premenstrual syndrome, it can be difficult for sufferers to understand what kind of headache they are experiencing and how to manage their condition.
According to the experts, the most common headaches are caused by these common reasons: vascular problem (high blood pressure, toxic overload, etc.), muscle contractions (tension, stress, etc.) and inflammation (infection).
The most common types of headaches are 4 and all of them indicate something about our body. So, ladies and gentlemen, if you learn the signals, you will effectively learn to treat the headaches properly.
- Sinus Headache
The name says it all. That’s right, sinus headache usually occurs when sinuses become inflamed or blocked. Ladies and gentlemen, you should be very careful, because this can cause pain behind the cheeks, nose and eyes that gets worse when your bend forward or when you wake up. The most common causes are: allergic reaction, a tumor, or an infection. Depending on its underlying cause, symptoms can closely resemble those of a migraine.
The best NATURAL treatment: drink water. You will benefit a lot from warm water, because it effectively reduces the inflammation and opens the sinuses.
- Cluster Headache
Can I ask you something – have you ever heard of cluster headache? We can answer that question for you – a cluster headache is a sharp, very painful headache that occurs on and off several times a day for months followed by headache-free periods lasting up to 6 months. UNFORTUNATELY, the pain arrives with little warning and typically affects only one side of the head, often accompanied by a bloodshot eye and runny nose. The most common affected areas are: above the eye and near the temples. And, one last thing – these headaches typically last less than an hour and came about at the same time every day.
The best NATURAL treatment: Apply a bit of capsaicin cream to the nostril to create a barrier of the nerve pain signals.
- Tension Headache
Here’s what you need to know – tension headache is usually caused by these two simple reasons: stress and anxiety. How this works?! Well, as muscles tighten in your shoulders, neck and jaw, the headache tends to cause pressure, pulling and contractions that affect your temples, face and scalp. Tension headache can last between a few minutes to a few days. Triggers include lack of sleep, missed meals, stressful situations, high emotions and alcohol.
The best NATURAL treatment: add peppermint oil to the hairline to cause a cooling sensation. Ginger tea will relieve the inflammation.
Migraines are severe throbbing or a pulsing sensations that are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise. These often occur anywhere for minutes to hours at a time. Some people may experience visual hallucinations like an “aura”, dots or flashing lights, disruptions in smell, touch and taste or numbness. After they subside, migraines often leave the sufferer feeling tired or unable to concentrate.
The best NATURAL treatment: omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 (riboflavin) and magnesium.
Last, but not least important – seek medical assistance immediately if:
- Your headache comes on suddenly and is explosive or violent.
- This headache is “the worst ever”.
- You regularly get headaches.
- You experience slurred speech, a change in vision, problems moving your arms or legs, loss of balance, confusion, or memory loss with your headache.
- Your headache gets worse in the next 24 hours.
- You get a fever, stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting with your headache.
- Your headache occurs with a head injury.
- Your headache is severe and just in one eye, with redness in that eye.
- You just started getting headaches, especially if you are older than 50.
- Your headaches are associated with vision problems, pain while chewing, or weight loss.