Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid situations that cause your headaches. A headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers. When you get a headache, write down the day and time the pain began. The diary should include notes about what you ate and drank in the last 24 hours, how much you slept and when, and what was going on in your life immediately before the pain started. For example, were you under any unusual stress? Also include information about how long the headache lasted, and what made it stop.
Hot or cold showers or baths may relieve a headache for some people. You may need to make lifestyle changes if you have chronic tension headaches. This may include changing your sleep habits (usually to get more sleep), increasing exercise, and stretching the neck and back mus...
Since I started going through menopause and experiencing hot flashes (7 years ago), I have been frequently experiencing night time headaches. I wake feeling a lot of pressure in my head, especially in my sinuses. Keeping the room cool at night helps most nights, but I still get them. I have been tested with just about every kind of test there is and was told that there is nothing wrong. Do you have any recommendations of what else I can do? Kim.
In women, estradiol fluctuates and although the literature is confusing, I wonder if there is enough fluctuation (i.e., a drop in the hormone level) to allow you to have a night-time headache. This is what happens with perimenstrual Migraines, when the level drops just before menses. Alternatively, laying flat also increases intracranial fluid pressure, which can allow headaches to wake people up at night or to start the day with them, and intracranial pressure (ICP) fluctuations are likely ...
The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
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