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I've been getting some terriable headaches these past couple of days. I don't understand whats causing them. What have you found is the best way to get rid of them?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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<span>Unfortunately I too have been having headaches. I get migrains and tension headaches.<br><br><br><br>
I find that my only option is to either A: sleep it off or B: take some medication... that's the only way for me. I take excedrin Migraine or Zomig when I have my perscription full.<br><br><br><br>
Do you have nausea or do you vomit? Do you get an aura or dizziness or are you extremely sensitve to light/noise?<br><br><br><br>
My suggestion is try to figure out what triggered your headache odors, food (caffiene or something else) and keep an eye on them. Take the pain reliever that you feel comfortable with taking</span>
 

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hey captainswab, I hear you! I get awful headaches all the time.<br><br>
other than taking pain medications, I find these things really helpful:<br><br><br><br>
--cold rags over your eyes<br><br>
--hot rags/heat pads around your neck/behind the ears/back of your scalp (this will drain your sinuses, which helps somehoweven if you dont have a sinus headache)<br><br>
--get your jaw/neck/shoulders massaged by a pro<br><br>
--acupuncture<br><br><br><br>
hope this helps you even a little bit.
 

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I was subject to chronic migraines for many years...<br><br>
A few tricks:<br><br>
Examine your diet. If it hasn't been "balanced" the past few days, that may be causing it. In this case, pizza and juice helps. (Heh! Do I recommend junk food? Yes, I do. It's that perfect junk food that includes every food group.)<br><br>
One thing that always helped me... I used to make my dad massage my head. This sounds weird? But it works. If you feel silly doing it yourself, get someone to rub little circles beginning from your neck, all around your head. Daddy was into all these crazy home remedy treatments.. He said this one helped circulation or something, so the blood wouldn't just sit in one spot on your head. Whether or not he knew what he was talking about, it did relieve the pain...
 

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Captainswab,<br><br>
You need to examine your headaches. Is there a certain time of day they occur? (could be blood sugar) Does it happen after reading or working on the computer? (could be time to see the eye doctor) Do you clench your teeth? (could be stress related) Do you have allergies? (could be sinus) Once you pinpoint the cause then you can take appropriate action. I have killer migraines and am being treated by a neurologist. I take two kinds of medicine daily, have multiple prescriptions to take at the onset of one and see a massage therapist twice a month. Hopefully, yours will be resolved much easier than that.
 

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I completely agree with the advice above. you need to find out why you are having the headaches. I took prescription pain meds for years for horrible migranes. decided to go to a specialist and found out that i was allergic to certain foods, chocolate in particular, that was causing my pain. my regular doctor never thought to test me. was easier to write a script.<br><br>
anyway, took away the foods and all my problems, (there were many others) went away.<br><br>
i can't believe i suffered for so long!
 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned dehydration. I read somewhere (I'll have to look it up again -- I hate not having sources) that 80% or more of headaches are caused by dehydration. Unfortunately, drinking water will not immediately erase the problem because it takes a while, but if you drink plenty of water frequently the problem may just erase itself. If water is not the cause, all the above suggestions are fab.<br><br><br><br>
My little sister used to get headaches (migraines, actually) and her doctor made her stop consuming anything with nitrates or nitrites (basically anything processed) or milk & they wouldn't come back.<br><br>
I don't generally get headaches, so I can't really share from my own experience.<br><br><br><br>
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Typical reasons for headaches in people that normally don't get headaches:<br><br><br><br>
1. dehydration<br><br>
2. hunger/improper eating<br><br>
3. stress<br><br>
4. Lack of sleep<br><br>
5. caffeine withdrawl<br><br><br><br>
Also, it's possible to get rebound headaches. You all know someone with them. They're the people who take 3 asprins in a sitting. They have a headache, they pop pills. Then, they get a headache from the pills wearing off, so they pop more. And on and on. (My BF's childrens' mother is a prime example. Always half-conscious form pain killers because of her headaches.)<br><br><br><br>
Some people (ie my sister) have migraines all the time. Stay away from cheese, wine, processed foods, aspartame (the stuff in diet pop)...there's another food, but I forget which one now. Helps a lot.<br><br><br><br>
Or, you can be like the boys' mother and only eat these foods and wonder why you're migraines won't go away. (Grr...don't get me started...)
 

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I've heard that ginger root can help ease headache pain. I can't verify if thats true or not, but I read it in a natural health medicine recently. Of course, your best bet is to change lifestyle factors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Ugh. I hate headaches. I have them almost everyday. I also get migrains every so often. >_< I usually just take three or four advil and drink water. I usually drink soft drinks, so my poor brain is probably dying for water. ^^;
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. You are all really helpful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I think that they might be related to my eating habits. I'm starting to realize that I'm one of those people who have to eat every two hours. Whenever I have snacks in between meals I have more energy. Also I've started doing alot more exercise than what I used to to train for my race and I didn't compensate by eating more food.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I think dehydration might be something I need to look out for. I lost my water bottle and haven't been bringing it to work. Therefore, I'm sure I haven't been getting all the water I used to.<br><br><br><br>
No, I haven't had anyother symptons. Just the headaches.<br><br>
I'll make sure to pay attention to these things and hopefully they will stop coming.....
 

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Veggie Ann, if you're drinking diet pop or cola styles (or both!), they may be what's causing the headaches. The caffeine and/or sweeteners are triggers.<br><br><br><br>
Try 3 weeks without any pop. It takes 1-2 weeks to get over the withdrawl headaches. Then, try to not take any advil (and if you do, limit to 1 per day if at all possible). Cleanse it out of your system and see if it makes a difference.<br><br><br><br>
It was hard for me to break the pop/headache cycle, but I did it. It took a while to get over the caffeine headaches. Best to try it when there isn't anything busy going on your life :)
 
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