Dealing with Tension Headaches

Dealing with Tension Headaches

Do you suffer from headaches? Well, the odds are if you have a headache, you have a tension headache. A tension headache actually is caused by stress on the muscles. It seems to get worse as the day goes on, and that’s usually the case because as the tension builds, the headache can worsen. There are other forms of headache, including migraine headache, which can be extremely difficult to deal with. But, the tension headache, the stress headache, that’s the one that most people complain of when they come to the office. You can take medications for it but facing the underlying problem and examining it the key.

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How Do You Know If You’re Having A Tension Headache?

How Do You Know If You’re Having A Tension Headache?

Tension headaches are frustrating, but they’re relatively easy to diagnose. Here’s what happens in a tension headache. People will say they have pain in the muscles of their head, like on the side of their head, or on the back of their head, but there’s a key warning sign. It gets worse as the day goes on, or as a stressful activity continues. So, if someone goes to a job that they feel is stressful, the headache gets worse as the day goes on. Tension headache could also be confused with sinus headache, and it can be confused with having a bad prescription in your glasses, but all of those things can be dealt with.

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Evaluating Headaches in Children

Evaluating Headaches in Children

When a child has a headache, you have to really explore what’s going on. Is it a psychological issue, or is it more than that it? Is it a problem associated with sinus pressure? Is it something to do with vision? Do they need glasses, or are they having headaches because it could be a neurological issue? The bottom line is you need to do careful exploration. If the headache is any more than a transient or short-term thing, you need to make sure you talk with a physician. Get the evaluation that’s necessary because we’re talking about neurological issues, and you can’t mess around with them.

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Dealing With The Pain Of Migraine Headaches

Dealing With The Pain Of Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are very interesting. They’re difficult to treat because in many cases it’s tough to tell if someone has a migraine. The thing about migraine headache that’s important to realize is there’s often some sort of aura, some sort of sense that something is not right. Perhaps there’s a strange smell. The smell of coffee when there is none, or a zigzagging of lights, that sort of thing. Migraine headaches can be treated with medication, especially if they’re treated what we call prophylactically, before the headache occurs because you sense it’s coming on. It’s a very good way to approach it.

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