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  • Constant headache  By : Jane OBrien
    Headache is lone of the commonest ailments with which patients come to a doctor. Headache might be a fore-runner of a variety of eye problems, and hence anyone suffering from a constant headache should consult an eye specialist. Most people consider that eye-strain and the need for glasses are the commonest cause of headache. However, this is not true. The diagnosis of headache can usually be established by history and examination alone and other diagnostic aids like x-ray of the skull, CAT-scan, MRI and other diagnostic tests are seldom required.
  • Sinus Headache Treatment  By : Jane OBrien
    Sinus headaches occur when the air-filled, bony cavities connecting to the nose get blocked due to excess mucous and get infected and congested.
    Treatment involves reducing the swelling in the sinuses region, the inflammation and the pain, and improving the drainage system in the nasal area. Some of the treatment methods that can be adopted are -
  • Sinus Headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    What are sinus headaches?
    Sinuses are the bony, air-filled cavities connecting to the nose through small openings. These openings are blocked due to excess mucous and become infected and congested, when a person suffers from a cold or allergy. Due to the infection and congestion of sinusitis, sinus headaches are experienced.
  • Tension type headache  By : Jane OBrien
    Headache is an ill condition characterized by pain in the head or neck region which may be a symptom of a disease underlying in the body. Headaches are the most common and universal human ailments .tension type headache is one of the most severe form of headache and can be a threat to the health. Its symptom starts a severe pain that radiates in a band like fashion bilaterally from the forehead to the occiput. Sometimes pain also spread to the neck region and can be very troublesome.

  • Types of headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    A headache in the medical terms is also known as cephalgia. The head ache is a condition of mild to awful pain in the head. This pain sometimes attacks the neck or upper back pain may also be referred to as a headache. The headache is among the most common local pain complaints. in the normal day the brain should not ache because of minute reasons because the brain itself is not sensitive to pain. The brain is not sensitive because it lacks pain-sensitive nerve fibers. Some of the areas in the head can hurt, including a network of nerves. Because the nerve system although does not exist in brain but it extends over the scalp and certain nerves in the face, mouth, and throat. The blood vessels in the head also have pain perception. Headache often results from the irritation in the blood vessels.
  • Stress Headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    Stress is a feeling that's created when our body reacts to particular events. Stress involves the body's way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. The situation that causes stress are called stressor, and they cover a whole range of activities right from outright physical danger to making a class presentation or taking a semester's worth of your toughest subject. The human body in general responds to stressors in different ways mostly by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus, which is present just above the thyroid gland, signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortical and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones can cause a rapid speed up in the heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism.
  • Dealing With Pregnancy Headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    Headaches are one of the most common discomforts and complaints that come with pregnancy. Though a headache may occur at anytime during one's pregnancy but they tend to be most common during the first and third trimesters. It is common for all ladies to feel anxiety about occurrences like headaches during the most important phase of their lives. Thus they can learn all they want to about pregnancy here.
  • An Overview Of Menstrual Headache  By : Jane OBrien
    It has been found in various studies that Women suffer from headaches and migraines three times more frequently than men do and also that menstrual migraines affect 70 percent of these women. A menstrual headache occurs either before, during or immediately after periods, or during ovulation. While, serotonin is the primary hormonal trigger of a headache, some researchers believe that migraine is an inherited disorder that somehow affects the way serotonin is metabolized. But, for women, it also matters how serotonin interacts with uniquely female hormones. Menstrual migraines are primarily caused by estrogen, the female sex hormone which specifically regulates the menstrual cycle fluctuations throughout the cycle. With change in levels of estrogen and progesterone, a woman will be more vulnerable to headaches. As oral contraceptives influence estrogen levels, women on birth control pills may also experience more menstrual migraines.
  • The Know-How Of Headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    In today's fast life every second person one meets is either suffering from or has suffered from a headache. The situation today is so bad that children worldwide are also suffering from headache and its symptoms. This is mainly because of the growing competition, tension and suffering. Below is all the information you need to know about headaches
  • Headache Remedies  By : Jane OBrien
    Headache is the most common ailment that almost all suffer from at on point of time or other. They can be of two types - primary and secondary.
    People may opt for man-made (home remedies) drugs for headaches or pain relievers. However, the natural remedies for headaches are gaining are more popular as they provide a very safe and effective way to relieve headaches.

  • Frequent headache  By : Jane OBrien
    Headaches are a common cause of suffering, but all headaches are not created equal. The main challenge to affording relief from various forms of cephalgia, or head pain, is categorizing a headache by type, and then proceeding with the therapy most likely to help. The International Headache Society's landmark work on headache classification has allowed important advances in headache study, but is somewhat awkward to use in clinical practice. One practical approach is to first distinguish urgent headaches from others that may be less urgent, if no less distressing. Identifying special headaches i.e. those that may only benefit from specific therapy is the next step. Finally, if neither of these classifications fit, treatment of tension or migraine headache is in order. A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. Serious causes of headaches are extremely rare. Most people with headaches can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax, and occasionally by taking medications.
  • Eyestrain Headaches  By : Jane OBrien
    There are different causes and reasons for headaches. Eyestrain is one of the most common causes of headaches, especially at work places. These headaches can be commonly seen in people who are doing any work involving close contact with the eyes, especially, those who work in front of the computers.
  • Is your child suffering from child headache  By : Jane OBrien
    Though child headache can be a serious problem and should not be ignored, one needs to remember that most children do get headaches sometimes. Most of the time a headache may not be serious just like a tension headache that an adult might get while fighting traffic. Chances are that this is not a life threatening condition, and that over the long term it will not have a significant impact on the child's life. However one cannot neglect child headaches as they might be signaling a serious health issue. A headache is actually a helpful signal which has the potential of leading one to treatment that will probably solve the problem.
  • Information On Headaches During Pregnancy  By : Jane OBrien
    It is important to note that the headaches that one experiences can get better in pregnancy, as progesterone causes the blood vessels to relax and not spasm, which is usually the cause of bad headaches. However, if one does suffer from increased headaches during pregnancy, one may be particularly sensitive to one's hormones or have had headache problems before the pregnancy also. Pregnancy headaches most commonly result from hormonal changes, fatigue, tension, hunger or physical and emotional stress. One must engage in some deductive reasoning and figure out the correct cause of one's headaches.
  • What causes headaches  By : Peter Whittington
    Medically termed as cephalgia headache is a condition in which a person may undergo mild to severe pain in the head and sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache. Headaches may origin from a wide variety of causes, ranging from eyestrain, sinusitis and tension to life-threatening conditions such as encephalitis, meningitis, cerebral aneurysms and brain tumors. The headache occuring in conjunction with a head injury, its cause is usually quite evident & traceable.
  • Migraine Headaches - Are You Suffering From Them  By : Peter Whittington
    It has been found that more than 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, a type of headache that's often very severe. Another fact is that the number of women suffering from migraine is three times more than men. Though any head pain can be miserable, a migraine headache can be disabling. In some cases, these painful headaches can be preceded or accompanied by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in leg or arm. A migraine headache may also be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Treating your migraine headache  By : Peter Whittington
    There was a time when aspirin was almost the only obtainable treatment for headaches. Today, many drugs, specifically designed to treat migraines are available in the market. Also, many drugs commonly used for treating other conditions help to relieve migraines in some people. All these medications and treatments fall into two classes -
  • Migraine Headache Symptoms  By : Peter Whittington
    Migraine is a neurologic disease, whose most common symptom is an intense and disabling headache. Migraine is the most prevalent type of vascular headache. Migraine headaches are mostly characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, hypersensitivity to light (photophobia) and hypersensitivity to sound that is phonophobia. The word "migraine" comes from Greek construction "hemikranion" which means pain affecting one side of the head. Migraines are caused due to changes in brain and surrounding blood vessels and typically last from 4-72 hours. These tend to differ in frequency from daily to fewer than 1 per year. As a matter of fact Migraine affects about 15% of the world population today.
  • Migraine headache relief  By : Peter Whittington
    Headaches are an ordinary cause of suffering, but all headaches are not created equal. The major challenge to affording relief from various forms of cephalgia, or head pain, is categorizing a headache by type, and then proceeding with the therapy most likely to help. The International Headache Society's landmark work on headache classification has permitted important advances in headache study, but is somewhat awkward to use in clinical practice.
  • Migraine Headaches  By : Peter Whittington
    Though there is much about migraine headaches that is still not understood, some researchers think that the cause of a migraine may be functional changes in the trigeminal nerve system, a major pain pathway in our nervous system, and by imbalances in brain chemicals, which include serotonin, that regulates pain messages going through this pathway. During a headache, the serotonin levels drop.
  • Hypertension Headaches  By : Peter Whittington
    Hypertension (also called high blood pressure) can be the cause of heart attacks and strokes. It is a silent killer as it is does not show any obvious symptoms. It can also cause headaches, however the blood pressure has to be too high for causing a headache (200/110 or higher).
  • Chronic headaches  By : Peter Whittington
    The normal headaches are often referred by the people as tension headaches or stress headaches. Basically, the medical term for these kinds of headaches is tension-type headaches. These kinds of headaches are different to migraine headaches, which typically involve pain on only one side of the head and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, severe sensitivity to light and visual disturbance. It has been estimated that beyond 95% of the population suffer from occasional tension-type headaches.
  • Caffeine Headache  By : Peter Whittington
    The headaches which are related to caffeine may be the outcome of either a hyper consumption of caffeine or a total removal or withdrawal of caffeine. Peoples who consume caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks etc. on a regular basis may be prone to painful headaches on the removal of caffeine.
  • Blurred vision headache  By : Peter Whittington
    Headaches may be because for any number of reasons including, namely sinus conditions, hypertension, allergies, tumors, hormonal changes, and most frequently, stress. They are not generally associated with problems related to the eyes. Eye-related headaches usually occur after extended periods of reading, watching television, computer work, or other close work that requires intense concentration. This type of headache generally disappears after a period of rest.
  • Acupressure � A Headache Healer  By : Peter Whittington
    There must have a time when you had a headache and your friend pressed a spot on your hand which somehow made this headache go away. So did that work? What your friend was using is a very old (about 5,000 years) and widely practiced form of body work called acupressure. Like acupuncture, this practice has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine. Although acupuncture is better known around the world, most sources suggest that acupressure actually predates acupuncture by around 2,500 years.

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