Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Headaches

 

Overview

A general term used to define aches and pains in the head and neck, Headache has many causes. It is usually caused by migraines, injuries, withdrawal symptoms of drugs, smoking cessation, hangovers, meningitis, stress, poor posture, intense chemical smells and perfumes, bright lights, certain weather conditions like high humidity and high temperatures, foods that are difficult to digest and metabolise or very cold foods like ice cream and lollies, and more.

 

Causes

Prolonged tension, eyestrain, migraine, high blood pressure, hangover, allergy, stress and anxiety are some of the most common causes of a headache. Some people may get a headache due to nutritional deficiency, lack of sleep, toxins in the body, acidity, breathing trouble, infections or low blood sugar. Inflammation in the body, poor metabolism, improper flow of neuro-chemicals, heredity and intestinal problems may also lead to a headache in some cases. It can also manifest as a rebound headache wherein it is a symptom of medication withdrawal. Muscle tension in the back and the neck, alcohol and caffeine withdrawal, carbon monoxide poisoning, exhaustion or hunger can also cause a headache.

 

Symptoms

General symptoms of a headache are mild to severe pain in or around the head and neck with nausea and/or vomiting accompanying the headache. Blurring of vision, depression or over excitement, sensitivity to light and sound, restlessness and facial pallor are other common symptoms. Some people feel a band like tightness in the back of the head or at the temple. Additional symptoms of a headache may include a drop in the concentration levels, changes in vision, dizziness, weakness, ear or facial pain and fever.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical examination and note the medical history of the patient to make a correct diagnosis. Appropriate questions will be put by the doctor to understand the headache and its associated signs, triggers and symptoms. The doctor may suggest certain tests to detect if any underlying disorders are causing the headaches.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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