Headaches happen. It is a widely common physical complaint all over the world. In fact, it is so typical that almost everyone goes through this deep throbbing pain in the head at some point in their lives. From school students to grownups, the type of pain may vary, but the issue is a common one. It is also an active area of medical research. It may sound somewhat unbelievable, yet it is true that the actual cause of the common migraine is still a mystery.
Organizations such as the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) and the World Health Organization are at the forefront of this global research. On a hopeful note, it is very rarely a permanent problem. Apart from some specific types of pains in the forehead, most of these symptoms tend to disappear following a good night’s rest. The usual painkillers can provide relief as well in most of the circumstance, but it is important to avoid being dependent on a pill because it can get addictive. With all this interest in finding a good cure, suffering patients can definitely look forward to a painless future ahead of them.
Know your problem
There are different types of headaches. While some have no apparent reason, others are possible to identify why. For example, digestion problems and accumulation of gas often cause a heavy head. The type of pain you suffer following a night of over-drinking and the subsequent hangover is definitely different from the type caused by tiredness or stress. Doctors classify these as primary and secondary types. The former types are those where the pain itself is the issue. Secondary headaches happen as an aftermath of a primary ailment. So for instance, indigestion is the problem and the pain in your head is a symptom. Injuries in the head region sometimes show the warning signs of throbbing pain. Patients need to seek immediate effective treatment for the injury.
Migraines are definitely the commonest categories. Throbbing pain in one side of the head is a common characteristic. It can get so severe that the person experiencing it can become extremely sensitive to the senses of light and sound. Acute nausea and vomiting are also among the associated symptoms. It tends to be recurrent and in most acute cases, it can retain its effect up to three days. Patients report that warning signs may include slurred speech or distorted vision. It is important to remember that these warning signs are similar to that of having a stroke or a heart attack. Always be on your alert and keep emergency medication handy, just in case. Stay in touch with information on healthcare providers apart from keeping doctors on your speed dial list.
The warning signs are called as ‘auras’. There may or may not be an aura and the pain can start all of a sudden. However, generally, there are certain triggers that cause them. Identify these triggers. They can be anything from an unpleasant situation to a particular smell, sound, or sight. Avoid these at all costs. It is also important to note that some medical practitioners classify migraines as unique from typical pain.
If it is migraine, try to put these suggestions into practice.
- Lie down or sit in a comfortable position in a darkened room, and try to divert your mind. You can try listening to soothing music. Do not listen to anything that’s loud or with too many beats. Go for soft blues, jazz, instrumentals, and melodious classical piano compositions.
- Drink cold water and try to calm your mind.
- Control your sense of anxiety and hopelessness. You know that it will eventually go away, so do not make it farther worse by fretting about it.
- Practice quietness. Often, when the pain gets unbearable, patients tend to speak in a loud or aggressive tone, which is quite natural. However, such things do not help you. Instead, they distance you from your family members and you need their support and understanding. Whenever you sense the headache coming, just plainly tell others to excuse you because you need some rest to tackle it.
- Many people are also looking for alternative therapies such as acupuncture to seek relief. It works as well. Look up reliable online resources for helpful information.
These may be useful even for stress-related pain. You should also practice certain preventive measures when the ache is absent. These include getting enough rest and drinking plenty of water for a calm and relaxed body. Do practice meditating. Meditation shows miraculous effects in calming the mind. It may seem very difficult at first but stick to it with a sincere willingness. Eventually, you would be able to increase the time of each session and the positive results should be visible. The main thing is that you should be calm in the face of pain because your restlessness only enhances it and confuses those who want to help you.
Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy life.