We covered basic advice for treating sickness last week, so let’s cover an ailment that’s worse than mild illness, fever, or allergies. Headaches make you instantly regret doing anything other than laying down with constant pressure to your head and might be terribly stressful to the body and mind. I’ve asked some doctors for advice, and have done independent research, so here’s what I’ve done to help overcome headaches and eventually return to clear thinking.
For context, I went to sleep after attending Sakura-Con without a headache. Woke up with one and went through most of the day with one. I wrote this Sunday evening as my headache started to pass. At least I followed my own advice and took care not to get sick!
This practical advice is based on my experience, research, and medical discussions, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a doctor, and not some Dr. Mindbender or my casual advice, for medical resolutions for your ailments.
The most common for most. Sustained exposure to either natural or artificial light will sometimes cause headaches. It’s more of a byproduct for me. Treating my headaches similarly to migraine sufferers, by wearing sunglasses and staying away from light, helps.
Drinking enough water helps with general health. You incidentally have to relax when you use the restroom, and if you can overcome the stigma, you can assess your general hydration at a glance. Here’s your reminder to drink some water.
This one’s tricky. Some medication includes caffeine, though too much caffeine can cause headaches, and withdrawal can also cause headaches. The blood vessels around the brain hurt, since the brain doesn’t have any pain sensors, so caffeine vasoconstriction helps me.
The taurine in bananas will almost certainly give me a headache if I eat more than one. Hunger or overeating can also cause enough stress on the body to give headaches. If you experience headaches frequently, try a headache journal.
I’ve had some lower back issues. I woke up with a bad headache, went back to sleep, stretched using a combination of what I learned exercising and at a chiropractor, and popped the crack that might have been causing pressure.
Sleeping through the worst of it has been the biggest help for me. It’s just too bad that it takes up time and isn’t always an option, since sometimes you’ve just gotta power through the day. Power naps work, too.
This probably did me in. There’s stress in doing anything in life. I might’ve just tried getting in there, did too much, and soaked in all I could as quickly as I could for my upcoming review on the event.
The most surprising thing I learned after I was diagnosed with cluster headaches was that we don’t really know what causes headaches. I haven’t had any major headaches in over a year now, with just occasional minor headaches, so for me, the big trigger is stress.