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When it comes to headaches, you could easily say that I’m probably the queen of them all. From nausea-induced headaches to migraines of flashing lights, I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced the load. Are you the same? If so, here’s a breakdown of what’s actually going on inside your head.

Now the brain, along with it’s neighboring nerves & vessels is a complicated place. Think of it like this:

Imagine the brain to be a city. The major highways leading into that city are the blood vessels & the traffic through those highways is blood. In simple terms, the more traffic flowing into the city means the city becomes more congested, noisier.

A similar thing happens within the brain. As the blood flow towards the brains increases, it creates a ton of pressure in & around the brain. Pain signals are then sent to the brain via nerves, leaving you with a throbbing head.

TYPES OF HEADACHES

1. Tension headache:

–       Daily chronic headache

–       Felt on both sides of the head

–       Occurs by muscle contraction

–       Mild to moderate pain

–       Comes & goes over  long period of time

2. Migraine:

–      Felt specifically on one side of the head

–       Change in blood vessels by abnormal brain activity

–       Moderate to severe pain

–       Pounding & throbbing sensation

–       Can last from 4hrs to 3 days

–       Symptoms of light sensitivity, noise, odors, nausea & vomiting, dizziness & blurred vision

3. Cluster headache:

–       Rare but most severe

–       Accompanied by a burning, piercing sensation

–       Constant throbbing

–       Pain behind the eye area

–       Can last from 2 weeks to 3 months

4. Sinus headache:

–       Deep constant pain in cheekbones, forehead & bridge of nose

–       Intensifies with head movement

–       Blocked ears & facial swelling

5. Acute headache:

–       Occurs suddenly

–       Subsides after a short while

–       Felt all around the head

6. Hormone headache:

–       Occurs with the change in hormone levels ie. Menstruation, pregnancy, menopause

–       Can be triggered by the contraceptive pill

SO WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

There are many possible causes of head pain. Some develop headaches when they don’t eat on time while others might experience it with a change in sleeping patterns, basically when you’re disrupting your body’s normal routine. As I understand, headaches can be hereditary too. In my case, my father suffers from migraines, which makes me likely to experience it too.

Other causes:

  • Emotional stress
  • Excessive medication
  • Depression
  • Eye strain
  • Neck/back strain due to poor posture
  • 2nd hand tobacco smoke
  • Strong odors of perfume/chemicals

FOODS THAT TRIGGER HEADACHES

It can be difficult to avoid certain foods, especially if they’re a part of your normal everyday diet. But ever wonder why your headaches occur randomly during the day? You might be eating foods that are high in Tyramine, a substance formed from the breakdown of proteins over a period of time. The longer a food ages, the higher its tyramine content. Try avoiding drinks that contain lots of sugar & foods that contain high amounts of food colouring.

Here’s a list of foods that could trigger your headache:

–       Any form of cheese

–       Processed meats

–       Pickles & onions

–       Olives

–       Beans

–       Raisins

–       Peanuts

–       Avocados

–       Canned soup

–       Red wine

FOODS TO HELP SOOTHE HEADACHES:

–       Baked potato with the skin

–       Watermelon

–       Ginger

–       Almonds

–       Spicy foods

–       Yogurt with no added sugar

–       Sesame seeds

–       Spinach

If your headaches are unbearable, I would suggest that you get your blood pressure tested. Most times, young women (and men) don’t think that it’s necessary to see a doctor, this can result in further damage if an underlying problem isn’t treated. Remember that it’s always better to treat the cause, not the symptom.

I hope you guys found this helpful 🙂

xxx

Q

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