What Does Your Headache Mean?

January 19 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek


Whether it is a dull throb, a sharp spike or waves of nauseating pulses which can occur anywhere on the head for any number of reasons, headaches are just awful to deal with and they can happen for any number of reasons. Ever wonder what the causes of our headaches are? It would be nice to have some knowledge of what is going on rather than popping one pill after another to no real avail. There are many different, unique types of headaches that we are all capable of getting and what type of headache you are having can actually say something about your health and your overall state of being. It is useful to know this so you can figure out how to properly treat your headaches.

One of the most common types of headaches is a tension headache. These tend to come and go with time and are also often called stress headaches. Sometimes when people get stressed, it is common for them to feel a dull, tight pain around the back of the head and neck. It can last anywhere from a half hour to even a couple of days and the frequency in which they can occur can also range. These are caused by anxiety, dehydration, hunger, bad posture, depression, lack of sleep or even low iron levels. The best solution is to get a regulated amount of vitamin B12 as well as iron and magnesium and a healthy diet containing these nutrients. It is also important to take the time to stretch your back and your neck and shoulders and take the time to correct your posture, drink some water and to try to get some more sleep.

Migraines are a whole other level of headache to deal with. Migraines are very powerful headaches that are often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, sensitivity to light, sound and noise as well as dizziness. The exact causes for migraines is not entirely known but many speculate that it can be a huge range of different factors such as exhaustion, dehydration, medication, alcohol, smoking or even foods containing MSG, nitrates and/or tyramine. The best solution for this is to try to drink lots of water, reduce alcohol intake, and quit smoking if you do smoke and to load up on vitamins B, C and magnesium. It is also important to get plenty of rest and to try to take some time for some gentle stress reducing physical activity like yoga or jogging. Headaches caused from dehydration could be anything from excessive stress, too much alcohol, smoking, improper hydration, hunger or even illness. It is important to regularly drink water, but if the dehydration becomes severe you could always find an electrolyte supplement to mix in with the water to reduce headaches. What it mostly boils down to is that our headaches are an indicator of how our environments are and what we are lacking in self-care which is resulting in pain in our heads. Whether it is stress, poor habits like smoking or alcoholism, dehydration, illness or anything else, our bodies will tell us what we need one way or another.


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