How to overcome headaches and migraines: causes and treatment

Headaches are not all the same. Some of them are quiet but some others don´t even let us work or sleep. However, there some precautions we can take in order to avoid or reduce them.

According to the Spanish Society of Neurology, between 73% and 89% of men have experienced headaches, and between 92% to 99% had the same effect on women. This ailment is also the major cause of neurology consultations. Its intensity, location and symptoms are not the same in all cases, but it has a very big impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

Although headache usually appears as localized pain in the head, there are times when this pain reaches the neck and shoulders. There are also people who experience a headache episodically, while in others it becomes chronic and is something they have to deal with every day.

Some people have chronic headaches and it´s something they have to deal with every day.

Causes

  1. Stress
  2. Visual problems
  3. A cold 
  4. Drinking alcohol excessively
  5. Improper postures
  6. Not eating properly, for example, not eating food for several hours
  7. Not drinking enough fluids
  8. Medicines
  9. Menstrual period
Drinking in excess may be one of the causes of headaches.

Treatment

It depends on an accurate diagnosis. Most headaches are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers. In the case of migraine, which has a preventive approach, this may include the administration of psychotropic medications. It is important to follow the doctor's recommendations regarding taking drugs. Other measures that can help relieve or avoid headaches:

Victoria Thais

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