All About Treating Chronic Headaches
Everyone will experience a headache at some point in their lives but others will have what is termed to be chronic headaches, those that appear without warning and can be very painful to deal with. Several things can cause them and the only way to find out for sure what may be causing your condition is to have a thorough physical exam with your doctor.
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Diagnosing Chronic Headaches
The first step towards alleviating the chronic pain from headaches is to get a diagnosis as to what type of headache it is that you are experiencing. The doctor will need a full medical history, as well as doing a complete physical examination in order to determine the root cause of your pain. Any symptoms and causes must be discussed, as this will help to eliminate causes that might not apply to your particular situation.
Headaches can be caused by a variety of triggers including stress, sinus infections or even muscle tension in another part of the body. Your treatment for your pain will depend upon what is causing the headaches and may consist of a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Some headaches respond better to treatments than others, so trusting in the doctor’s recommendations will have you feeling better in no time.
Understanding the Cause
Some of the most common causes of headaches are related to everyday events that we may not realize are causing the headache to occur. One of the first ways to understand what is causing your headache is to keep a journal of activities throughout the day. This way, you will know what you were doing, eating or drinking before the headache began and it will help the doctor determine its cause, especially if a physical exam found nothing.
There are times when the stress in our lives becomes too much to deal with and it can have a physical effect on our body as a result. If the journal indicates that this might be the cause, then your doctor may recommend pain relief through stress relief exercises, like meditation, relaxation techniques or even breathing exercises. If your job involves repetitive motions that may be triggering your headache, then its root cause might be a pinched nerve, which can be relieved through massage therapy or chiropractic methods.
The End Goal
The end goal of any treatment plan devised by the doctor will be to end your chronic headaches, and alleviate the pain from your life. No matter how long it may take to achieve that goal, following every instruction your doctor gives you is crucial and to do otherwise will only prolong the pain, and none of us wants that.