Headaches

How to Get Rid of Headaches

Everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives; whether it is a result of stress, sickness, or dehydration we have all experienced the pounding of a painful headache. So what is going on when you get a headache? Well, some of the many reasons that we can experience headaches are inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, tense muscles and tendons in the neck and at the base of the skull, or blocked sinuses and sinus infections. Your headache could have been caused by a lack of sleep, dehydration, stress, or even a nutritional imbalance, to name some of the more common ones. Persistent headaches could indicate an underlying medical condition, so it is always recommended that you visit your doctor if you experience a headache that lasts for longer than a few hours, is recurring, or more painful than you can manage yourself.

Since there are so many different causes of headaches, and many ways that we experience headaches, there are also a variety of ways to help get rid of headaches.

1. Use over the counter medications.

Perhaps one of the most common and effective ways to relieve pain is through over the counter medications. These can help reduce or even remove the pain completely. Common over the counter drugs like Tylenol (a mild analgesic), Aspirin, or Advil can be purchased from drug stores or grocery stores. Tylenol is the brand name for the drug acetaminophen and acts as a mild analgesic and can also be an effective medication to break fever. Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, is also a mild analgesic and anti-inflammatory medication. Advil, or ibuprofen, is a well-known and very effective anti-inflammatory agent.

Each of these common medications has a different mechanism of action but each can be an effective way of managing your pain. Do consult with your physician, though, before taking any medication, even over the counter drugs. Drug interactions must always be considered and a pharmacist is a valuable resource when determining what medications that you should take.

However, for one reason or another, some of us may not like the idea of relying on drugs to get rid of pain. Luckily there are several natural remedies that may just work for you.

2. Drink some lemon.

Our first natural remedy is lemon. Yes, that sour, face-puckering fruit can help restore the body’s alkaline balance and relieve the pain. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm water and enjoy. If the headache is not too severe it might be interesting to have someone take a picture of you trying the first sip.

3. Snack on salted apples.

This remedy may be a little easier to swallow if sour is not up to your tastes. Some apple slices with a little sprinkle of salt and a glass of water can also help restore certain chemicals that your body is telling you that you are missing.

4. Get some rest.

Getting the right amount of sleep is not only a great remedy for headaches, but is possibly one of the greatest factors that help determine our overall health. If our body is too tired to cope with the physical and mental demands of the day then one of the first signs can be a headache. Simply getting the proper amount of sleep can work wonders for our body.

5. Reduce your stress.

Anything that causes worry or anxiety, or throws our emotions out of balance can be a stressor. A little bit of stress, and how our body reacts to it can be good. It can help us maintain clarity of thought in an emergency or difficult situation like an exam, or it can cause our body to release adrenaline in order to run fast when frightened or excited. However, too much stress, or stress for too long a period of time, can cause inflammation of blood vessels or even a chemical imbalance which results in a headache.

Ways of reducing stress could include massage, listening to relaxing music, or finding a little time each day to exercise even just a little.

6. Use a warm compress .

If the headache is primarily at the back of the head near the base of the skull it may be caused by tense muscles and tendons in the neck. If you are finding that the usual medications do not completely remove the pain, then you may consider a warm compress. Rinse a cloth under water as warm as is comfortable then place it on the back of the neck. This can help to relax the muscles and tendons and relieve the tension.

7. Go to see your doctor.

Other sources of headache could be due to injury, illness, or infection and in these cases it is best to seek the help of a medical professional.

Headaches resulting from sinus pressure or infection can be resolved by flushing of the sinuses or a course of antibiotics. Pain in other areas of the body can indicate a compounding problem and it is best to seek a diagnosis from a medical doctor.

If the pain at the back of the head is severe or persistent then another cause to consider is a neck injury. This could require medical attention. While it would be obvious to seek medical help if we were in a car accident, sometimes we can injure our necks in other ways. A quick neck movement, maintaining an awkward position while sleeping, or a slip and fall can result in a neck injury. A doctor will be able to determine if the cause of the pain is indeed an injury and recommend the best course of action to heal the injury and stop the pain.

Headaches can be one of the most uncomfortable pains to have to deal with and we all need to manage the pain in the way that works best for ourselves. Try some of these remedies and hopefully managing a painful headache will become an easier task. Do not forget to discuss any sources of discomfort with your doctor, they will be your best resource for finding out the cause of your headache and the best way to cope with the discomfort.

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  • I found I got headaches every day upon waking after smoking and keeping the window shut. Even if you don’t smoke allow fresh air in by keeping your window open (only slightly if it’s cold) overnight, it lessens headaches a lot and I don’t get half as many now

    Also, I find taking a painkiller and then distracting myself from the headache works best

  • Herbal tea remedies to relieve migraines:

    CHAMOMILE:Is good for dull, throbbing headache with a feeling of queasiness-add a little ginger to relieve more severe nausea.

    ROSEMARY:Helps where stress is a trigger for migraines and where local warmth gives relief.

  • Drink Gatorade and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. If you can’t do that make yourself a quiet place where you can relax.

  • I’m 15 years old and I get migraines frequently. it friggin’ sucks but i learn to handle the pain (if i don’t have anything to take… THEN I’LL TAKE IT!!) but I’ve been getting them since about the age of four, so I DO know what it is like and I feal sorry for anyone else who suffers from migraines and sinus headaches. Oh, yeah, the tip part, haha, if you have extreme migraines like I do, take Excedrin Migraine, and then take a nap, it S H O U L D work, if it doesn’t, I’m sorry for getting your hopes up… Oh, I got my eyes checked to see if I just needed glasses, and it turned out I didn’t need them. Consider it, please… Seriously.. So, I hope that I was of any help at all! Sorry if I wasn’t though. If some one trys what I do and it works for you, pleez tell me!

    BYE!!!

  • Hello,

    I am 31 and have suffered from migraine since my early 20’s. I know they can be extremely painful and dehabilitating. I have had several migraines during work that have casued me to go home early. I am grateful my boss is so understanding and has worked with me. I have suffered from the typical nausea and light sensitivity. I find that laying down in a dark room and taking Excedrin Migraine has helped. I needed something stronger and I have been perscribed Imitrex 100mg which has helped tremendously. I now only get headaches a couple times a month as opposed to every week. I take antidepressants as well as migraines can be casued from a low production of seratonin. Effexor is an SSRI and this may have helped in cutting down the number of migraines I have been getting. Kurtis I read your post and you may want to consider Imitrex as it has helped me very much! The have tablets as well as nasal spray. Best of luck and I hope you get better.

  • If its cool out, sit out on your patio. Cold air always helps me. I also drink herbal tea as hot as I can stand it, without it being uncomfortable. The hot tea in conjunction with the cool air at least makes my headache more bearable. At least its relaxing, right? Excedrin migraine also works pretty well for me, if I have it with a cup of coffee. Good luck!

  • I wear glasses and my perscription changes often. It used to cause headaches when I was younger. I have new glasses, however and my headaches within the last two months have jumped up to about twice a week, and migraines sprinkled in the mix every once in a while. I have found that the only thing that helps is hot/cold/dark showers. I sit in the bottom of my tub and let the water run over me, turn off the lights and switch the water from warm to cool (dont do it too extreme- bad for the heart!!) this is really relaxing, gives medicine time to dissolve, and helps me fall asleep. Especially if you let a little water run into your eyes.

  • LOOK I HAVE MIRGRAINES AND WAS ON IMITREX WHEN I RAN OUT OF MY MEDS I WENT CRAZY BUT A FRIEND OF MINES MOM TREATED ME WITH THIS ALL NATURAL TREATMENT AWESOME AND TOOK MY MIGRAINE AWAY IN THREE MINUTES NO LIE. SO GET A BUCKET A BIG BOWL OR A BABY IGLOO COOLER FILL IT WITH ICE AND WATER. STICK YOUR FEET IN IT OFF AND ON. MEAN WHILE HAVE SOMEONE OR YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF POUR RUBBING ALCOHOL ON YOUR HEAD. DONT GET IT IN YOUR EYES. RUB IT IN. THEN HAVE A LITTLE WASH CLOTH WITH ICE AND ALTERNATE IT ON YOUR FOREHEAD AND TO THE BACK OF YOUR NECK…I DONT KNOW WHY THIS WEIRD CRAZY THING WORKS…BUT HEY I SAVED MONEY FROM BUYING PILLS AND IT TOOK MY PAIN AWAY IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES. IM DOING THIS FOREVER!!!!!!!!

  • You should try to eat a little bit but eat a good meal that you like another way is put a cold rag on youre forehead and close youre eyes and try to take a small nap you could geta headache from watching tv or using a computer also you could take youre foot and beetween youre toes anyone it doesnt matter take youre finger beetween youre toes and push down but in it helps and relaxs youre mind also drink water and just dont think about things alot then you can rub youre tempales on youre head another tip is to avoid sun light and avoid the music or noises and you problay would want to be alone or with someone to love you and take care of you but watch what you eat!!!

  • The only thing that works for my head aches is taking tylenole and laying in my bed for lik at least 20 min. This helps a tonnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!! If that doesn’t work, take a freezing shower.

  • hey i’m 10 and i have migraines like my mom ALL the time. i take motrin or maybe advil. i get a wet washrag and lay down and watch t.v. quietly. try to get these adult patches 4 the forhead. they are at walgreens and they help.

    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  • Have a headache right now the best way is to actually sniff a lemon it works for me if you dont want to do that have 3 hours sleep then make yourself wake up with a loud beep then stay awake 3 hours and continue until your head ache goes away it mainly only take 2 times x Hope my advice helped

  • Hi I’m 11 years old when I get migraines i lay in my room with the door shut and lights off,tv off,and window closed. I take a nap. When I wake up it is gone but if it is not gone I get a ice cold towel and put it on my face for 10-15 mins. Then I take a nice cold bubble bath for an hour. Then TaDa my migraine is gone for good!!!!!!!

  • HEY IT’S NIKKI AND ALYSSA IN DA HOUSE!!!
    we 10 andget migraines frequently.
    these might sound weird but just do it! i have tested it on peeps so shut up and listen!

    eat pickles!
    at walgreens migraine be koooool patches
    coooooooooooooool washrag on your forehead and the back of the neck stay in a QUIET place
    we have more tips but 2 lazy 2 rite

    see ya’ll later!
    nikki and alyssa

  • Hey I get headaches after I run in the morning, especially bad when I get my period. Actually, I get headaches with any type of physical activity. I am 13, and my mom won’t let me take the pill to get rid of them.I’ve tried alot of medicines, even the Vicodin left over from my wrist surgery. Any type of medicine (except the Vicodin) makes my headaches worse. Well, if I’m not on my period, I hang upside down with three pillows between my head and the floor. Helps a ton. Then, I go into my room, turn off the light, lay down, and do nothing. Helps aleviate the pain in about an hour. (1/2 upside down, 1/2 in my room.)

  • If your headache is caused by lack of sleep, go drink a glass of water then go to bed. If it’s caused by too much sleep, get up, go for a run. Helps a lot 😀

    And if you don’t get enough water, stay out of the sun unless you want a big headache.

    Remember, if something cannot be solved, stop worrying! Good luck to all the poor souls dealing with headaches. I’m typing this with a headache, so I definitely understand your plight. All the damn time!

  • my head feels like its going to explode on one side?? lots of pressure to much pain!! wtf!!! twice a day ! couple times a month maybee more !! are these migrains?? i think so !!

  • hii, im 13 and i get migranes heaps 🙁 sometimes there so bad i have to go to hospital
    normally when i have a migrane i get a heat pack and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes, it makes it better but it might still be there, depends how bad your migrane is.
    i normally have hot milk that helps too and just lay on my bed or something

    like they said at the top laughing works, it distracts you from the migrane alot.

    i have a head ache now, but not a migrane and im going to try what emily said and do headstands on pillows too see if it works, LOL
    if it does ill let you know 🙂

  • I Have Major Headaches. I’m 15. I Think They’re Sex Headaches. But I’ve Had Them For About 3 Weeks Now. And They’re Unbearable. How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

  • i have a headache every day i’m only 13 and i just cant get rid of them i usaly try a pain pill and some caffine and it does some to get rid of it but i keep a close look on the comments here so if you have any advise for me please write i will try it. thanks

  • Hey

    Im Havin a Headache rite now and wat helps is if u press on ur eyesockets a lil below ur eye brows …press and hold 4 ten secs and that releases cells that are your bodys own medicine…and u can also drink water with some cayenne pepper i think it wuz and it releases the same cells

  • Im 13 and ive been getting headaches since i was 8 all the time. they just get worse sometimes i get them for 3 days in a row. i use medicine sometimes but it doesnt alwayss work. im pretty sure there cluster headaches because i get one at least once a day. i get acupuncture because of stress and the headaches. but nothing works. i really need help.

  • I get Migraines Almost Everyday At School And If It’s Way Too Bad I Go Home And Take A Nap For About 3-4 Hours then i wake up and it’s gone! So Take A Nap And Try That To See if that helps

  • Well I Get them after being in the sun too long which i c`ant help cuz i skateborad and surf.
    1st something cold like a cold rag on your forhead with the lights off and music you enjoy [sometimes pure silence]
    2ed asprin or sleeping pills help at night.
    3rd well this i weird but laying off a chair or something upsside down helps sometimes.

  • Hi I am 30 and have headaches for years. Every morning I wake up I feel like I have a hang over times 10. It hurts in the front of my head and forehead and eyes lol. I get them usually once to 3 times a day. Some times they go to the back of my head and neck. I to push on my eyeballs and rub my temples because they are always extremely painful. I take excedrin and it usually works but sometimes not so much, I was diagnosed with non Specific stress migraines or something like that lol. Anyway does anyone else suffer like I do? I need major help, so please please give me your input. Thank you and have a blessed day!

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