The Brain-Pain Game

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson January 22, 2018 17:27

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If there’s anyone on this earth who has NEVER had a headache, I’d like to meet that person!  This ailment is common among most, and I’m betting many farmers work in spite of these pains because their livelihood gives them no other choice.  But when the busy season ends, perhaps a little more time and attention should be given to headaches.  Identifying the types, their symptoms, and possible remedies could better arm you as your schedule intensifies again in the spring.

Migraines:

  • Symptoms – Often warns you with an aura (dots, lightening bolt type lines, numbness or tingling on one side of the body, sudden speech impediments).  Vomiting and light sensitivity are also possible.  Migraines can be hereditary.
  • Treatments – Massage your own temples or get someone else to massage your temples, neck, head, back and shoulders.  Cold packs applied to the temples may help.  Stay away from bright light as it may aggravate the pain.  Try over-the-counter pain medications, or perhaps acupuncture.

Tension Headaches:

  • Symptoms – the most common type of headache, characterized by a pressure that wraps around the head.  They are not made worse with physical activity (as with migraines), and sufferers can usually go about their daily lives.
  • Treatments – Relax through deep breathing or listening to music.  OTC pain killers and caffeine are often effective, but repeated use can trigger rebound headaches.

Rebound Headaches:

  • Symptoms – Now called “medication overuse headaches”.  They result from frequent use of pain meds and caffeine which doctors believe interfere with the body’s pain sensors by decreasing pain tolerance.
  • Treatments – Eliminate the offending drug(s), and if going cold turkey isn’t a safe option, your physician will wean you off of them to avoid any dangerous health risks.

Sinus Headaches:

  • Symptoms – Characterized by sinus pressure and congestion.  Causes can be viral, bacterial or allergy related.
  • Treaments – It it’s bacterial, antibiotics usually resolve the issue within a week.  Allergy sufferers might benefit from an antihistamine or flushing the sinuses with a neti pot.

Cluster Headaches:

  • Symptoms – Sometimes called “suicide headaches”.  The are the most painful an are more common in men.  Pain often occurs around the eyes, temples, the back of the head, or a combination of all three.  Swollen eyes and tearing, facial sweating, nasal congestion and restlessness are among the symptoms that can go hand in hand with this attack.
  • Treatment – Acupressure, acupuncture, relaxation through yoga or meditation.  Low magnesium is a common link among headache sufferers so increase your intake (pumpkin seeds, almonds, chard, and banana).

Ice Pick Headaches:

  • Symptoms – Also known as stabbing headaches.  These involve sudden brief bursts of intense pain which lasts no more than a few seconds.  More common among people who suffer from migraines as they report this sort of pain before the onset of a migraine in the same area.
  • Treatment – Difficult to medicate, and so you may just have to work through it.

Do any of you have headache remedy tips?  Share them in the comment section below.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Reference:

www.almanac.com/blog/home-health/healthy-home/headache-types-and-treatments

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson January 22, 2018 17:27
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