Headaches
By: Michael Appleman, M.S.

Anyone under stress and/or physical problems has the risk of suffering from headaches.

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Migraine Headaches

A chronic aching pain that frequently affects one side of your head is the sign of a Migraine Headache. The pain usually begins in and around your eye or temple and ranges from mild to intense, severe or even devastating. This is usually accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes vomiting.

Over 25 million people around the world, each year, have migraine headaches. Seventy-Five percent are women. Around Seventy percent of these individuals have family members who also suffer with similar conditions.

It is seen that approximatrely Twenty percent of migraine sufferers experience "aura." "Aura" is visual disturbances such as flashing lights or lines during an attack.

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OTHER TYPES OF HEADACHES

TENSION: A DULL ache on both sides of the head is the sign of a Tension Headache. It has been described as "feeling like a tight band across the head."

SINUS: Rather uncommon, opposing to popular belief. Most people who feel they have a Sinus Headache essentially have Tension or Migraine headaches.

CLUSTER: Signs of a Cluster Headache is reasonably infrequent sharp-as-knife pains around one eye. Around Ninety percent are male. Most are between the ages of Twenty-Thirty years old.

WHEN SHOULD I GET HELP?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should call your healthcare professional at once:

-Your headache gets worse instead of better, or has changed in nature.
-You encounter three or more headaches a week.
-You must take a pain reliever every day, or almost on a daily basis, to relieve your hedache.
-Your headache is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

1. Stiff neck and/or fever
2. Shortness of breath
3. Unexpected symptoms that affect your eyes, ears, nose or throat
4. Dizziness, slurred speech, weakness, lack of sensation or tingling
5. Uncertainty or drowsiness
6. Constant or severe vomiting

-Your headaches begin after, or are triggered by, a head injury, hard work, coughing, bending or sexual activity.
-Your headaches began after you reached the age of Fifty

CONTROLLING STRESS

Stress causes our bodies to respond with changes such as an

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increases in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate and more. Today life can cause many of us to have extended periods of stress, which may result in more headaches.

-Check for signs of physical tension and try to relax.
-Get some exercise. It has been seen to help reduce stress.
-Redirect yourself. Get your mind off of what is bothering you. Take a few minutes to do something that you enjoy.

We must remember that many of us get migraine headaches. they can usually be helped with medication or stress relief techniques. Anyone who is under stress has the risk of getting a migraine headache. We must try to reduce the stress, eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of sleep. If your headaches are constant or you have other physical and/or emotional problems at the time consult a doctor.

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