Headache triggers


the headache triggers m gnna talk about are the surprising causes coz we usually don't consider them.


Warm weather




When the temperature climbs,so does the likelihood of developing a migraine or other sever headaches.In one recent study,researchers found a 7.5% increase in headache risk for every 9 degrees fahranheit.


Strong Scents




Strong smells...even nice ones...trigger migrain in many people.Why this happens is unclear,but the odors may stimulate the nervous system.The most common culprits are paints,dust,perfumes and certain type of flowers.


Hair Accessories




How you wear your hair can take a toll on your head.A tight ponytail can strain the connective tissue in the scalp,leading to a hairdo headache.Head bands,braids and tight fitting hats can create the same effects.If this is the cause of your headche ,letting your hair down usually brings fast relief.


Poor posture




You don't have to work up a sweat to build pressure in the head and neck muscles.Slouching at your desk will do the job,too.Common forms of poor posture include hunching your shoulders,using a chair with no lower back support,staring at a monitor that is too low or too high and cradling a phone between your ear and shoulder.


Cheese




One of the most common causes of migrain is aged cheese,including blue cheese,brie,cheddar,feta,mozzeralla,parmesan and swiss.The culprit is a substance called tyramine which forms when certain types of protein breakdown.The longer the food ages the more tyramine it contains.


Skipping meals


Hunger headaches aren't always obvious.If you skip meal your head could start ache before you realize you're hungry.The trouble is a dip in the blood sugar.But don't try to cure a hunger headache witha candy bar.Sweets cause the blood sugar to spike and then to drop even lower.


Smoking




Smoking is known to trigger headaches--and not just in person holding the cigarette.secondhand smoke contains nicotine,which causes blood vessels in the brain to narrow(these are the causes of cluster headaches--one sided headache,extremely painful and occurs in groups)


Caffeine




For the headche prone,caffeine fits firmly into the category "can't live with it"--in moderation caffeine is also helpfull.But chain-chugging caffeine can cause headaches.


Medication;




Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS),such as aspirin and ibuprofen are effective against many types of headaches.But avoid taking these drugs continuously as this can result in medication overuse headache or rebound headaches---headache pain that returns as soon as the anelgesic pill is worn off.


When to see a doctor;




Any new headache that is usually severe or lasts more than a couple of days should be checked by a dr.It's also important to let ur health care provider know if ur pattern of headache changes--for exmple if there are new triggers .If u have a headache accompained by paralysis,confusion,fever or stiff neck seek emergency medical care.

3 comments:

Ning Li said...

thanks for the info... i am a nocturnal migraine sufferer :'( vitamin-E and direct sunlight contact triggers my headache...

beanizer_05 said...

another post that i can really relate to..thanks doc!! ..now i know how to prevent migraine..

JollyPrincess said...

Straight from the docs desk. :) Thanks for sharing these info.

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