Headaches and what to watch for…

Do you suffer from headaches and often wonder what “kind” of headache they are? From migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches, they are all terribly painful and sometimes frightening. No matter the kind, we all suffer from them and it helps to know what they are and how to deal with them. Here are some key differences and what to do at the onset of those pesky headaches. 

A migraine feels like a pounding, throbbing, pain sometimes targeting one side of the head that lasts for hours and even days. 

A tension headache feels like a tight rubber band squeezing your entire head.

A sinus headache shows up when you have a sinus infection and it hits the side of your face, nose or eye with tremendous pain and pressure.

Some key tips to help you get through them:

  • Jot down your symptoms and remember how frequent they are.
  • Take over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, but if you are taking them too frequently, talk to your doctor about going to a headache specialist.
  • Some people have found comfort in the following areas:  going into a dark room, placing a cold (or hot) washcloth on their forehead, staying hydrated, massage/pressure points, aromatherapy, staying hydrated (water or sipping tea), and acupuncture can all provide temporary relief for the pain.
  • Some people have found that increasing their intake of fatty fish have helped decrease the frequency of migraines.

References:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-unusual-headaches-signs-to-watch-for-and-what-to-do-2021030222046

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/frequent-migraines-eating-fatty-fish-may-offer-comfort

https://www.healthline.com/health/pressure-points-for-headaches

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