Month: November, 2017
FACT: Headaches Affect Nearly 90% of Men and 95% of Women.
All kinds of pains are bad. But there is nothing as mentally
exhausting as a headache.
It affects our well-being, our productivity and even our social
existence. After a headache we feel mentally drained and
physically exhausted. But then we come to the interesting
question, should a bad headache keep a good man down? To find
a solution to this question, it is important that we understand
more about headaches.
Headaches are of different types.
They can be identified as headaches due
to migraine, sinus and tension. Now these headaches are very
different but they do affect the same part that is the head in
general. So if we understand more about them we can reach an
And you know what that is?
Headaches are largely preventable. Of course there are a lot of
cures available over the counter now but do we really have to
wait for the headache to start to resort to treatment? Isn’t
prevention better than cure? Isn’t it better to be proactive
There are many factors that contribute to the onset of headache pain and even migraines.
A few of the most common factors are…
Being aware of what brings on your headaches is key to finding drug free relief.
Best Ten Ways To Avoid Migraines
The problem with migraine prevention is that there isn’t just one cause for the headaches. There are very many triggers for migraines, in fact, and trying to avoid them all would be an exercise in hermitry. Who wants to spend the rest of their life living in a cave just to avoid headaches? That being said, there are a few things you can do to avoid migraines and here are the top ten.
1) Cut the caffeine. Among the multitude of products linked to migraines is caffeine. Taking in too much can lead to a headache of monstrous proportions. Unfortunately, it’s not only too much caffeine that lead to a headache, it’s caffeine withdrawal if you’re used to taking in a lot. Best to cut back slowly.
2) While we’re talking about caffeine, let’s also talk about NutraSweet. Aspartame has been the culprit for many people who have complained of migraines. Go in search of why aspartame causes migraines and you will run into what seems like the biggest cover-up since Roswell. Most of what you’ll read hasn’t been proven, but then again neither have the makers of NutraSweet proven that their product doesn’t contribute to migraines. Avoid it and you may well avoid a horrendous headache.
3) There are more reasons to give up smoking than you can count, but avoiding migraines is another reason to put on the list. Of course, that’s easier than said than done if you are the smoker, but remember, secondhand smoke is just as likely to cause a migraine headache as actual smoking. So if you can, remove yourself from the environment in which people are smoking. Better yet: Get them to remove themselves. You do have the right to not have to be around their smoke, especially if their smoke is causing your headaches.
4) Establish a regular pattern of sleeping and waking. In fact, get as anal-retentive as you can about this. A regular pattern of going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time, on weekends as well as weekdays, can do wonders. Many people who have instituted a rigid routine of sleeping and waking have discovered that their migraines disappear completely and forever. Or at least as long as they continue the pattern.
5) Give up the pill and try another form of contraception. Birth control pills and their effects on hormones can be a major hazard when it comes to migraine pain. You don’t necessarily have to go off the pill entirely. Some people have found that merely changing brands puts an end to their migraine misery. If that doesn’t help, however, you may look into other forms of female contraception or, if you and your partner don’t mind, switching over to condoms.
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6) Change your lighting. Very bright lights can often trigger very severe migraines. You might consider using the softer, filmy kind of light bulbs. Or use lamps instead of overhead lights. Or stop using fluorescent lighting, if that’s possible. If you spend a lot of time at the computer monitor, take frequent breaks and get as far away from the pulsating waves of the monitor as possible.
7) Cheese, chocolate and wine may sound like the ideal ingredients for a romantic picnic, but if you are prone to migraines the last thing you may be feeling is romantic following that afternoon getaway. Aged cheeses especially are dangerous because they contain the amino acid tyramine. Chocolate contains phenylethamine. Both chemicals contribute to migraines and alcohol is a trigger as well. Stay away from all three and find other ways to get in a romantic mood.
8) Use body wash to smell good instead of perfume or cologne. Odors and aromas are major causes of migraines and those that make you smell good are among the worst. Keep yourself clean instead of daubing with the smelly-goods.
9) Being an aerobic exercise program. Exercising regularly helps to increase your cardiovascular capacity and improper blood flow is linked to recurrent migraines.
10) Driver or take a train when you can instead of flying. The lowering of cabin pressure on airplanes is a sure-fire migraine trigger and one easily avoided when the trip can be made by alternative means of transportation.
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Migraines can be more than just a pain in the head. Basilar migraines, once known as basilar artery migraines or BAMs, are an extraordinarily rare but potentially life-threatening variant of the classic migraine with aura.
Basilar migraine symptoms are caused by constriction of the basilar artery, which supplies blood to the brain stem. BAMs were originally thought to affect only young women and adolescent girls, but research shows that while they are primarily a problem for these groups they can occur in people of all ages and genders.
During the aura phase, basilar migraine symptoms may include loss of balance, double vision or partial vision loss, lack of coordination, numbness on one or both sides of the body, weakness, dizziness or confusion and severe vomiting. The symptoms typically last an hour or less and disappear when the headache begins, but may last as long as days after the headache pain has disappeared. Some basilar migraine sufferers pass out or lose consciousness during the aura phase as well. In extremely rare cases, they may even slip into a coma that can last hours or days.
The danger of basilar migraines is that they can lead to a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. A transient ischemic attack is essentially a miniature stroke resulting from a temporary interruption of the flow of blood to the brain. Unlike strokes, TIAs have not been shown to cause permanent damage to the brain and most neurological problems that arise from them, like slurred speech or weakness on one side, clear up within twenty-four hours of the attack.
The basilar artery is located at the back of head. The headache associated with basilar migraines is usually a severe throbbing ache on both sides of the back of the head, as opposed to the unilateral temple throbbing more commonly associated with migraines.
The High Price of Migraines
Migraines are expensive. Recent studies show that the chronic, debilitating headaches have a high cost not just for the sufferer, but for their family, and, surprisingly, their employer as well.
Migraineurs (people who suffer from migraine headaches) pay an enormous quality of life cost. Their wallets suffer as well. Health care costs for families with a migraine sufferer are, on average, seventy percent higher than those of families without a migraineur. Migraine sufferers also pay for their pain in lost income. Sometime this is due to unpaid time away from work. Sadly, at other times it is because raises and promotions are not made available to them because they are deemed unreliable due to their condition.
The costs to employers are high, too. In the United States, it is estimated that migraines cost employers over twenty-four billion dollars each year. Half of that amount is indirect costs, things like absenteeism, short-term disability, and worker’s compensation. It is estimated that these costs would be even higher if “presenteeism” were included. Presenteeism is the estimated cost of lost productivity that employees with migraines experience while on the job.
Of the estimated twelve point seven billion dollars migraines cost employers directly each year, the number one expense contributor is outpatient care. Outpatient care for migraines costs employers an estimated $6.2 billion annually. It is followed closely by prescription drug costs at $5.2 billion per year, and the remaining percentage is split between inpatient care and emergency costs.
This is not just a U.S. problem. In the United Kingdom, an estimated twenty-five million working or school days are lost annually due to migraines. Costs of absenteeism and lost productivity have gotten so high that employers are being asked to encourage migraineur employees to seek treatment as a cost-saving measure.