How do I get my head to stop hurting?
Here are some tips for headache relief:
- Close your eyes and rest.
- Massage your neck and temples.
- Warm up your neck Try putting a heating pad or a warm cloth around your neck and the base of your skull to ease tension headaches.
- Minimize stress.
- Watch what you eat and drink.
But many may be surprised to learn that experts now fear migraines may also cause something far worse — brain damage. A new study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association finds frequent migraines are associated with an increased likelihood of brain lesions.
- Twenty-seven percent of all strokes suffered by persons under the age of 45 are caused by Migraine. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country. In addition, twenty-five percent of all incidents of cerebral infarction were associated with Migraines, according to the Mayo clinic.
- A migraine headache is caused by abnormal brain activity. This activity can be triggered by many things. But the exact chain of events remains unclear. Most medical experts believe the attack begins in the brain and involves nerve pathways and chemicals.
- “Migraine affects about 10 to 15 percent of the general population and can cause a substantial personal, occupational, and social burden,” Ashina said. The researchers found that people with migraines ran a higher risk of brain lesions, abnormalities in brain white matter, and altered brain volume.
Migraines can cause permanent brain damage, especially in those who experience flashing lights before the onset, a study has found. The risk for brain abnormalities increased by 44 per cent for those with migraine with aura compared with those without aura.
- Initially, it was thought that the blood vessels on the surface of your brain dilate, and with each heartbeat, the blood surging through throws the dilated blood vessel wall up against your skull, resulting in that throbbing pounding pain you are so familiar with. Migraine mostly happens within your brain.
- Classic migraines, which start with a warning sign or aura and can be quite painful, can last a day or two. Common migraines, those that do not have auras first, can last three or four days. With this type of migraine, the pain in your head may be only on one side.
- It is also possible for a person to have a stroke but for this to have been mistaken for a migraine attack. The migraine aura can mimic transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs). Conversely, in stroke, headache similar to migraine may occur.
A headache may feel like a pain inside your brain, but it's not. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can cause a feeling of painful pressure on the head and neck. Tension headaches occur when the muscles in your head and neck tighten, often because of stress or anxiety.
- Tension-type headaches, the most common variety of headaches: May be experienced as a tight band of pain around your head, a dull ache or pressure. May cause mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head. May be triggered by stress, neck strain, missed meals, depression, anxiety or lack of sleep.
- Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can cause a feeling of painful pressure on the head and neck. Tension headaches occur when the muscles in your head and neck tighten, often because of stress or anxiety. The pain can be severe, with pulsing and throbbing, and can last for several days.
- Episodic tension headaches. Episodic tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to a week. Frequent episodic tension headaches occur less than 15 days a month for at least three months. Frequent episodic tension headaches may become chronic.
Updated: 18th November 2019