You are the best doctor for yourself
The best doctor is to let you not suffer from the pain. Headache is one of the most common pains. You may be surprised that you are the best doctor for yourself in many conditions. For example, sometimes you know exactly what is causing that pounding in your skull. When you know the cause, you have the best practical way to prevent it. No other doctor can do a better job than you in this regard.
Below are these common triggers of headache. If one or more of these triggers cause your headache, you can prevent your headache.
Strong perfume is an immediate trigger for someone to have migraines or other types of headache. For others, it can be flickering lights. It is a common sense that the beauty counters in big department stores are not the place for you. If you have to go to common spaces (offices, churches), you may ask your friend to be there first to do a detective work for you. If nothing bad there, you then go. If you cannot have someone help you, you may then not attend these events in such a bad enrironment if it is not critical important for your life.
Stress might triggers 80% of all migraines or other types of headache. Stress can also make you clench your jaw and neck muscles, causing neck pain that, in turn, can set off tension headaches. It is easier said than done – but you must learn how to reduce your stress. Developing a skill of maintaining a positive attitude and time management can reduce your stress significantly. Reading massage books with your partner and practicing massage on each other is a great way to improve your relationship and to reduce everyone’s stress.
For women, the dip in estrogen that occurs just before your period can lead to migraines or other types of headache. Similar hormonal fluctuations can also trigger headaches during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. You know your body and your changes. Food is one of the best sources of natural estrogen supplements. In recent years, soy has gained notoriety as a popular source of the hormone, whether it is soy milk, soybeans or soy yogurt. Other foods high in natural estrogens are licorice, flax, anise, sesame and sunflower seeds; grains such as oats, wheat, rice and barley, vegetables, including celery, carrots, beets, tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and yams; fruits, such as oranges, cherries, plums, dates and pomegranates and garlic.
Shifts in barometric pressure (the density of the air in the atmosphere) may lead to sinus headaches or migraine. When it is hot, stay in the air-conditioned environment as long as possible.
Insomnia is associated with low levels of the hormone serotonin. That causes blood vessels in the brain to dilate and activate the trigeminal nerve—the main nerve involved in migraines. Having a regular sleep pattern is critical for you. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day (even on weekends), cut down on caffeine, and exercise regularly. When you know the reason to cause you headache, you had better do the right thing for yourself. No doctor can help you if you don’t help yourself.
Swallowing the wrong stuff
You heard that “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Foods or drink that contain the amino acid tyramine (like red wine and aged cheeses), nitrates (hot dogs, deli cold cuts, and other processed meats), or the amino acid phenylalanine (chocolate) are your trouble makers. All three substances cause blood vessels to constrict and then expand, causing migraines or other headaches. If you experienced once, twice, or even third time, you learned to avoid these offenders. You do yourself a big favor for not swallowing these poisons for you.
Eating too late
Skipping meals triggers migraines or other headaches. Why? The brain is hypersensitive to fluctuations in blood sugar. The other major organs can use protein and fat as energy source. But, our brain only uses carbohydrate (sugars) to supply energy. Eating too late – blood glucose is too lower. You know the consequence – headache. As your own doctor, you know you will eat and drink regularly, and make sure those meals are arranged to maintain blood sugar levels.
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