According to a press release this morning, “June has been designated Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. This year’s theme is ‘Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headaches.’ Almost 3.2 million Americans are missing work or school, are not able to perform daily chores, or cannot attend family or social activities because of chronic migraine. Chronic migraine primarily affects women who experience migraine headaches on 15 or more days per month.” (emphasis by press release throughout)
Almost everyone gets an occasional headache that goes away with aspirin or other OTC pain medicines. Sufferers of chronic headaches or migraines can’t get relief from OTC medicine. Often, a person with a severe migraine finds his way to a hospital ER. It is imperative to discuss this type of headache with a physician.
With the help of a doctor, the cause of chronic headaches may be found. Certain foods trigger migraines, other allergies may be the cause or even stress at work or how the head is held while working at a computer. How a person holds a book while reading or the flickering lights on a television may set off a headache.
Natural remedies include:
- Lying in a completely dark room, alternately placing bags of microwaved and frozen rice on the forehead. Place a soft cloth, such as a handkerchief, over the forehead first. Alternate the heat and cold for three minutes each until the headache eases.
- Avoid headache triggers such as MSG, sugar, preservatives, food coloring and nitrates.
- According to Natural News, feverfew and butterbur extract are good at preventing migraines and chronic headaches. They must be taken daily and will not ease the pain of a sudden headache until they build up in the body to fight inflammation.
- Avoid dehydration. Drink water regularly throughout the day. Don’t rely on thirst alone as an indicator that the body needs water.
- When possible, take a shower. Alternate between the hottest and coldest water you can tolerate. This will cause the blood vessels to expand and contract, relieving the headache.
- Get tested for food allergies. Once you know what you are allergic to, avoid those foods. Always read food labels. Sometimes, the ingredient may be in foods you would least expect.
Headaches can ruin a special day, an important day at work or stop your plans for the day. Help prevent the headaches by reducing stress or finding a technique that works for you in dealing with stress. Take a natural pain reliever immediately to prevent the headache from getting worse. The quicker you are able to take action, the better your chances of cutting off the headache completely.