Saturday, April 12, 2014



During a headache, the level of serotonin, a brain chemical, drops. A message is then sent to the blood vessels in the brain’s outer covering. These blood vessels relax, become inflamed and swell. Your brain then receives they pain message and the result is: a headache. Sometimes sinus pain, allergy and TMJ (temporomandibular joints syndrome) cab be caused headache.

Sometimes as simple as squinting in the bright sun can give you headache.

Nine out of ten headaches are caused by tension.

Migraine causes about six per cent of headaches and less one percent are cluster headaches. This type of headaches seems to be linked to seasonal changes.

If the headache is accompanied by : blurred vision, sensitive to light, food allergies, facial sinus pain, heart pounding, visual disturbances in color and the feeling that your head is about to explode, consult a doctor, this may signal a more serious problem.

  • For tension headache, a try heat or ice –packs, a hot shower or rest. Take a break from the stressful situation.
  • For migraine: sleep; a nap in a dark, quite room; pressing an ice –pack to back of the neck.
  • For cluster headaches: no alcohol.
  • Keep a headache calendar for at least two months. This can often help you discover your headache ‘triggers’. 

The most common triggers are :

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Food additives, such as sodium nitrite in hot dogs or monosodium glutamate in may process foods.

Others common triggers are:

  • Change in the season.
  • Change in the sleep patterns.
  • Fluctuation in hormone levels. Sensory irritation.
  • Polluted air or stuff rooms.

Over the long term, combat headaches by:

  • Controlling triggers
  • Limiting use of painkillers.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Managing stress.
  • Wearing a headband – this will decrease blood flow to the scalp.
  • Avoiding excessive noise.