Headaches

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Recent research studies have estimated nine out of ten Americans may be suffering from headaches at any one time.

Headache Treatments

In order to properly treat your headache, your physician will perform a thorough examination. A combination of treatment may be implemented intended to produce the best results. Pain relievers purchased over the counter can provide temporary relief for most headaches, however chronic over consumption of acetaminophen has proven to be harmful to the body’s organs, most notably the liver. The signs of liver toxicity can often be misdiagnosed as being only the results of a bad virus. These symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, profuse sweating, fever and even convulsions. If you have been medicating your chronic headaches in this manner, it’s important to seek a solution designed to decrease the risk to your overall health. Some methods that have proven successful included:

Acupuncture

Focusing on specific anatomical points throughout the body, acupuncture can help correct energy disruptions that are causing tension headaches, and in some cases, migraines.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can reduce stress and relieve tension related to headache pain.

Spinal Adjustments

A series of adjustments by a chiropractor can produce positive results in limiting the frequency of headache attacks.

Injections

A variety of pain management injections may be utilized to limit pain signals from specific nerves to the brain.

Nutritional & Lifestyle Direction

Detailed nutritional advice and changes to lifestyle choices to help relieve headache pain and limit outbreaks.

Types of Chronic Headaches

Tension Headaches

Tension headache sufferers have noted pain lasting for several days each month, usually occurring later in the day, which leads to sleep deprivation. Pressures on the sides, top and front of the head are typical locations for these excruciating pains. Due to lost sleep and overall fatigue, sufferers also tend to have trouble with concentration, leading to missed work and decreased quality time.

Cluster Headaches

Sufferers of Cluster Headaches have claimed the pain associated with outbreaks as being nearly unbearable. These attacks radiate waves of pain through the jaw, face, eyes and cranium. Outbreaks can last up to three hours, leaving the afflicted incapacitated, unable to perform even the simplest of tasks.

Migraines

Ranging from moderate to severe, these headaches often result from a chronic neurological disorder. The length of these migraines can last for several days, sometimes going into remission only to return with a vengeance. Migraines can lead to an intense pulsing sensation, with constant throbbing in one isolated area of the head.

What Causes Headaches

Several common conditions have been known to result in chronic headaches for a vast majority of sufferers.

Diet

Consuming certain foods such as sugars, carbohydrates and caffeine have been known to result in a variety of headaches in many test subjects.

Stress

Emotional stress, excessive worrying and mental fatigue have long been leading reasons for headache outbreaks. Constant worry and mental stress have long been leading reasons for frequent headache outbreaks.

Genetics

A family history of headaches has lead to studies showing a link in genetics. Parents who have suffered from chronic headaches are likely to have children who predisposed to more frequent attacks.

Changes In Blood Sugar

Blood sugar levels that fluctuate can cause chemical changes resulting in severe headaches.

Bright Lights / Loud Noises

Several headache sufferers have stated an aversion to bright lights and loud noises, as this sensory overload can trigger immediate headaches.

Lifestyle

Certain lifestyle habits have resulted in frequent headaches including smoking, alcohol consumption, posture, sleep patterns and working environment. If you have any questions regarding the headache treatments available at Wexford Wellness, please ASK THE DOCTOR by submitting your question on the form located on the right. You can also call us directly at 724-935-4300.