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Monday, May 28, 2012


A headache, or cephalalgia is discomfort or pain in the head or the neck. Headaches are commonly associated/ related to anxiety, depression, stress, or as simple as having the head in an umcomfortable position. These are referred to as tension headaches. Migraines, on the other hand, are a type of severe headaches which include other symptoms, such as nausea. Migraines include pulsating pain, and tends to begin on one side of the head. These certain types of headaches are commonly caused by chocolate, cheeses, lack of sleep, and alcohol. Rebound headaches, or headaches that come back, occur as a result of painkillers/ medication overuse. Individuals who take medication to treat pain more than three days a week can develop these. Other types of headaches include cluster headaches, sinus headaches, Headaches related to pms, the flu, a cold, etc.
To relieve tension headaches, it is best to take aspirin or ibuprofen. On the other hand, to treat migraine symptoms, it is best to drink water ( to avoid dehydration), and lots of rest in a dark room. If the headaches persist, it is best to keep a "headache diary" which will aid in finding the source of the individual's headache. In the headache diary include: the date and time the headache began, what you ate, hours of sleep the previous night, stressful situations in your life, how long the headache lasted, and what you did as an attempt to cease the pain.
A medical proffessional should be contacted if other symptoms accompany the headache. The symptoms include: slurred speech, changes is vision, loss of balance, confusion, memory loss, fever, stiff neck, or vomiting.

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