Identifying The Different Kinds Of Headaches

Common Headaches

More than half of those people who suffer from migraine are not diagnosed or misdiagnosed with tension or sinus headaches. According to the National Headache Foundation, here are just a few simple point that can help you identify what kind of ache you are experiencing, especially to those people who does not go the their respective doctors regularly and have been relying on the what the internet has been diagnosing them with.

Tension – Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among people. Those who have tension headaches tend to experience a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Tension headaches, however, are not as severe as migraines, and they do not usually cause nausea or vomiting. Tension headaches are not worsened by activity.

Migraine – Migraines are commonly experienced by women. Migraine sufferers experience moderate to severe pain on one side of the forehead or in one temple that worsens with activity. They are likely to experience nausea and/or vomiting and have increased sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can also run in families and are easily diagnosed using certain criteria. One is that the throbbing pain can last for 4 to 72 hours.

Sinus – Sinus headache is a rather rare compared with the other two. Sufferers of sinus headaches experience pains and pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, along with nasal stuffiness, yellow or green discharge, and ever fever and chill. These symptoms can be treated with antibiotics and decongestants.


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Common Causes of Headache

Causes of Headaches

There are many things that cause headaches and people may not be fully aware of what those are. Some are often the results of too much work or stress while others may be symptoms to different kinds of illnesses.

It is always better to be fully aware of what kinds of pain we are experiencing to be able to determine its causes as well as to prevent it from happening again. Here are just a few of the common causes of headaches:

Stresses with your Job - We all know that work stress can definitely lead to splitting headaches in people. Surprisingly, it can also cause another kind of headache known as let-down headaches. These often occur when you just finished a demanding project or even when you’re finally in a point of de-stressing. The plunging levels of stress hormones may also be to blame which can affect your sensitive brain chemistry.

Improper Diet – We all know that skipping or delaying meals can cause a headache to a person due to an imbalance or sudden decrease in the person’s blood sugar which can spark headaches. However, there are also certain kinds of foods that can trigger them too. According to studies, migraines are often results of improper diet. Among those which can trigger headaches are naturally occurring substances found in deli meats, sauerkraut, soy sauce and aged cheeses. Onions and citrus fruits may also bring headaches to other people.

Social Life – For those of you who likes going out on Friday nights to meet up with friends and of course, to have a few drinks or so and stay out late then sleep in on a Saturday, you are most likely to experience with a migraine. Alcohol is a migraine trigger in about one third of those who suffer migraines. Fumes from cigarettes can also cause or worsen headaches. Lack of sleep is also a cause of migraine among many people.

Weight – Being overweight increases the risk of developing chronic headaches. According to studies, fat cells secrete high levels of proteins, such as adiponectin and leptin, which may contribute to inflammation in your body which therefore often affect a migraine.

Hormones – Hormones usually affect women when it comes to headaches. Menstrual migraines are the often causes in female migraine sufferers. This is due to the fact that before a woman’s period, estrogen levels drop which then causes brain changes that trigger a migraine.


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Curing Athlete’s Foot And Toe Nail Infections

Treating Athlete’s Foot and Toe Nail Infections

Athlete’s foot may be considered as one of the common types of foot pain. Being named as “Athlete’s Foot”, these are common experienced by athletes or those who enjoy doing exercise with their feet enclosed inside their shoes.

Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Infections are fungal infections of the skin or nail bed. People who suffer from such diseases experience itching of the skin between the toes as well as being blistered. Toenail infections, on the other hand, are more unsightly than uncomfortable. Toenail infections make a person’s toenails turn thick, yellow and brittle.

Fungi can be found everywhere especially in areas where the environment is kept warm and moist. Places which may likely be prone to these kinds of bacteria are communal areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses. Also, another thing that may provoke these kinds of diseases are going sockless in closed shoes and having pedicures with unsterilized instruments. The kind of fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot and Toe nail infection commonly grow on or in the top layer of the human skin.

There are still ways on how to treat these kinds of diseases. As for the Athlete’s Foot, your doctor may prescribe antifungal cream for you to use. On the fungal toenails on the other hand, he may prescribe a paint-on medication or three months long use of Lamisil pills. Lamisil pills, however, can only be used by people who are does not have any complication on the liver or kidney.

To prevent such diseases to happen to you, there are also preventive measures that you can do. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Also, one of the most things that people tend to forget is to dry the skin between your toes after you shower and afterwards, put on foot powder. Always wear clean cotton socks, not nylon or tights, to make feet less welcoming to fungi. Lastly, to those people who regularly have their nails done, especially women, make sure that both the instruments used and the foot bath you soak your feet into have been sterilized.


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Pain Relief Treatment Options On Chronic Pain

Treating Chronic Pain

People who experience chronic pain may have various kinds of medicines available for them in their local drugstores but only a few of them actually works depending on the type of pain they have.

Fortunately for sufferers of chronic pain, people involved in health treatment are becoming more aware of chronic pain. The health treatment grows and medical schools are teaching course in pain management that will surely help a lot. So here are just a few of the most exciting advances in both traditional and alternative remedies:


  1. Painkillers (Opioids Vicodin and Oxycontin)

Such medicines are often prescribed by doctors when over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as aspirin don’t work. Also, these kinds of medicines help a lot in easing pains from the lower-back to even cancer pains.

  1. Antidepressants (Elavil) and Anti-seizure medications (Neurontin)

Other chronic pains which include painful bladder disorders such as Fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis are often prescribed with these drugs. They help by easing neurological discomfort which includes burning sensation and stabbing pains of the body.

Nerve Blockers

  1. Interventional Pain Management

Interventional pain managements help in cancer pain, lower-back pain, neck and shoulder pains. This process allows doctors to inject local anesthetics directly into the nerves which are responsible for pain and therefore preventing signals from reaching the brain.

  1. Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation helps in back and leg pain. In this procedure, doctors use an implanted device to deliver a mild electrical current that competes with pain signals.

Alternative Treatments

Other alternative treatments, both traditional and new, can often be seen in health treatment facilities are:

  • Acupuncture – Helps in lower-back pain, chronic headaches, arthritis and cancer pain.
  • Electroacupuncture (ECA) – Helps relieve the pain of chronic headaches.
  • Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) – Helps in relieving the neurological pain caused by diabetes.
  • Guided imagery – Helps fibromyalgia, tension headaches and cancer pain.
  • Biofeedback – Helps a wide variety of syndromes which includes migraines, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Yoga – Helps in lower-back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Massage – Helps relieve lower-back pains.


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Women, Hormones, And Chronic Pain

Women, Hormones and Chronic Pain

In the early years, people thought that chronic pain is just a side effect to other illnesses but is now considered to be a serious health condition which affects over 50 million Americans in the United States.

Experts are still unsure as to why more women suffer from chronic pain than men. According to many diagnosis of chronic pains among patients, women report more episodes of severe pain, as well as pain in more parts of the body, that men do.

The physiology of chronic pain continues to become a mystery to many. Normally, when the body is injured, the nervous system sends pain signals to the brain until the ailment heals. But with chronic pain, the process malfunction and the pain signals does not seem to end.

The main culprits for the cause of chronic pain among women are their hormones like estrogen and progesterone which are the ones responsible for the regulation of everything a woman feels, from sex drive to periods to pregnancy. Studies suggest that whenever the estrogen levels are high, usually occurs right after a woman has her period or during pregnancy, the brain releases natural pain killers such as endorphins, that provide relief. However, when these levels fall, the soothing effect disappears. This is the reason as to why women often have cramps before or after having her monthly period. Also, women experiencing other chronic conditions such as migraine, almost always report that pain gets worse premenstrually or during a period.

Hormones are just one of the causes of chronic pain. Intriguing researches show that men and women respond differently to pain medication and therefore suggests that women’s brain may be wired to process agony in a rather unique way than how men does.


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Preventive Care To Avoid Dust Mites and Allergies

Remedies for Dust Mites And Allergies

Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye and that’s why you cannot safely say that your household is clean and neat.

Dust mites often eat human’s discarded cells, as well as animal dander, pollen, fungi, bacteria and other microscopic organic material in the domestic environment. In households, dust mites are often found in mattresses, pillows, carpets and clothing.

Fortunately, dust mites do not carry diseases and does not bite. However, it can trigger asthma, hay fever and skin reactions to most people, especially those with sensitive skin.

Dust mites are probably the most indoor allergen, especially in warm and humid climates. They are virtually nonexistent in areas which have a very dry climate.

For those of you whose families have asthma, skin conditions or other reaction that you think are triggered by dust mites, it is better to follow these safety strategies to avoid experiencing it again.

Buy a good vacuum cleaner – Buy a vacuum cleaner which has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Ordinary vacuum cleaners without these features will only send dust mites and their particles into the air. Vacuum bags should also be cleaned and changed as often as you can because dust mites have the ability to get out of it. Also, if you’re the one with the allergy, make sure that you stay away from the area when cleaning.

Don’t risk on good furnishing – As much as possible, you should avoid using carpets and other upholstered furnishings for it is the most common place to find dust mites.

Wash bed linens and blankets in hot water – It is better to use hot water and hot dryers in washing bed linens and blankets. Dry cleaning of such, however, is not advisable.

Use of impermeable covers – Use impermeable covers to encase mattresses, pillows and blankets that cannot or difficult to wash.

Replacing pillows – Even though you often change your pillow covers, there is still a chance of dust mites permeating it. Dust mites can infest all kinds of pillows such as feathers, polyester, foam or other synthetics.

Proper ventilation - Make sure that your place is properly ventilated, especially bathrooms and laundry rooms to reduce humidity.


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Soothing Achilles Tendinitis: A Guide To Foot Pain

Curing Foot Pain

Maybe you were born with problem feet or feet that turn in or out, arches that are too high or too low. Or maybe, you’re dealing with foot pain that’s self-inflicted, often caused by tight shoes or high heels. There are many causes to foot pain and these are often a female problem. One of the main foot aches that women experience is Achilles Tendinitis.

Achilles Tendinitis is defined to be the inflammation of the Achilles tendon which causes pain and swelling at the back of the heel and ankle. The causes of having such are those who were born with shortened muscles or tendons. As for women, they get what is so called, adaptive Achilles tendinitis by wearing heels all day long and then going barefoot at night, making them suddenly lengthen. Sample foot fix that can be effective when experiencing so is placing an ice pack several times a day. As for the swelling, over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines can surely help but try to not depend on medications. Also, do daily stretching of your feet to avoid experiencing this kind of pain. An example of good stretching for the feet to avoid Achilles Tendinitis is by standing with both feet on the same staircase step, or in any elevated platform, holding the banister. Let one heel drop below step edge then hold this position 30 seconds. Do the same procedures on the other foot then repeat on both feet for three to four times. Also, for better and faster recovery or prevention to pain, do the stretching several times a day.


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Easing Physical Pains From Workouts

Pain From Workouts

There are different kinds of pains or body may experience from workouts and it is not healthy to always rely on medicine to ease the pain.

So here are just some of the smart pain solutions for your minor aches as well as how to recover fast from the three most common kinds of physical pain:

Pain: Sharp and Sudden

What to do: You should immediately stop exercising and let loose with a few expletives if you’re so inclined to doing so. It may sound weird but research shows that swearing helps a person block the pain they feel from the injury. Also, try gentle stretching and make sure you don’t force yourself in doing so because it may cause a lot more damage if overdone. Is it is just a muscle spasm, then stretching could help relieve the pain, but if it makes the pain worse, then it’s more likely to be a strain. To treat the injury, apply ice for 20 minutes several times a day. A change in workout may also be needed so that you it’s pain free or stop exercising altogether for a while.

Pain: A dull ache or cramp that hits as soon as you start your workout

What to do: Continue with what you’re doing for two to three minutes and the pain will probably subside. This kind of pain often occurs when you are just starting to warm up your body for workout. If the pain continues for more than five minutes, stop and rest the specific joint or muscle until you can exercise it again but this time, without feeling the pain anymore. As for the cases of cramping, start warming up for a little more time.

Pain: An overwhelming ache late in your workout routine

What to do: Reduce your intensity or pace. This only means that you have reached the maximum workout your body needs for the given times. Next time you do extreme workout, try drinking caffeine first. Studies show that those who consume caffeine before a tough workout can tolerate pain better than those who took placebo.


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