I've always suffered from migraines - the blinding auras , the excruciating headaches. I remember when I was a child, about ten or twelve, riding my bike home from school while suffering a migraine. It was a three-mile ride, and the aura became so terrible that it seemed the road was spit in two, with one side higher than the other. I ended up sitting on the side of the road, waiting for my dad to come looking for me. Mom was sure I had a brain tumor.
The migraines continued all through my life, even to the present. They made my life miserable at times, but maybe I was luckier than some. Research has shown that children with migraine headaches often also suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea . I have, in the past, had bouts of sleep paralysis and nightmares. Could they be connected to the migraines? I'm sure it's possible.
"Sleeping problems can exacerbate the problems migraine causes on a child's health and may hinder a child's performance at school," study a...
Aromatherapy is often called an "alternative therapy. Based on my experience, I would prefer to call aromatherapy a "complementary therapy," one that can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including headache and Migraine medications. Each person should, of course, check with their own physician, but mine advised me that he felt it was a safe complementary therapy for me. What IS Aromatherapy? Simply stated, aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils extracted from plants for both physiological and psychological treatment. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that began when people of early civilizations began discovering the healing properties of plants. The term "aromatherapy" was first used by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist in 1928. Gattefossé was working in his family's 0perfumier business when he accidentally discovered that lavender caused a severe burn on his hand to heal more rapidly and with...
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
The headache pain may be described as:
Dull, pressure-like (not throbbing)
A tight band or vise on the head
All over (not just in one point or one side)
Worse in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck, and possibly in the shoulders
The pain may occur as an isolated event, constantly, or daily. Pain may last for 30 minutes to 7 days. It may be triggered by or get worse with stress, fatigue, noise, or glare.
There may be difficulty sleeping . Tension headaches usually do not cause nausea or vomiting.
People with tension headaches tend to try to relieve pain by massaging their scalp, temples, or the bottom of the neck.
Signs and tests
A headache that is mild to moderate, not accompanied by other symptoms, and responds to home treatment within a few hours may not need further ...
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