Maxicare Logo

Headache & Migraine: What You Need to Know

05/19/2023

Headache & Migraine: What You Need to Know

 

When is a headache a simple headache and when is it a migraine? How can you tell the difference between a common headache and a migraine attack?

HEADACHE

Headaches are unpleasant pain in your head that can cause pressure and aching, ranging from mild to severe pain. They are usually felt in the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. They can be relieved with over-the-counter medications and usually last no more than a few hours.

Trigger Factors

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle strain
  • Eyestrain

MIGRAINE

Migraine attacks are intense or severe and often have other symptoms in addition to head pain. The pain may be felt in the temples, forehead, behind one or both eyes, or in the neck.

They can cause severe, disabling headaches and can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. Migraine pain is usually localized to one side of the head and can last for hours or even days.

The best way to tell the difference between a common headache and a migraine attack is to look for signs of the accompanying symptoms, such as nausea or sensitivity to light and sound. If these symptoms are present, it is likely a migraine. Additionally, if the headache is severe and lasts for more than a few hours, it is likely a migraine.

Trigger Factors

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol
  • Hormonal changes

How to relieve headaches and migraines

Applying warm compresses: Applying a warm compress, such as a warm towel or heating pad, can help relax tense muscles and improve blood circulation.

Taking a warm shower: Taking a warm shower can help relax muscles and promote relaxation.

Massage: Massage therapy, especially focused on the head, neck, and shoulders, can help relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation

Meditation: Engaging in regular meditation practice can help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation, and potentially decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches.

Neck stretching: Performing gentle neck stretches and exercises can help relieve muscle tightness and improve flexibility in the neck and shoulder area.

 

4 tips to Help Reduce the Frequency of Headaches and Migraines

Moderate alcohol and caffeine intake: Alcohol and caffeine, especially in excessive amounts, can lead to dehydration and cause headaches.

Limiting screen time before bed: Excessive exposure to screens, such as smartphones, tablets, or computers, before bed can disrupt sleep patterns and contribute to headaches.

Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine: Engaging in relaxing activities before bed, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques, can help reduce stress levels and promote better sleep.

Exercising regularly: Regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, and they can also help reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of persistent headache or migraine,  consult a doctor via Maxicare’s 24/7 Teleconsult Hotline, the Doctor Anywhere App, or Maxicare Primary Care Clinic (PCC). You may also go to a PCC or request HomeCare for lab tests and diagnostic procedures.

 

References:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/headache-pictures/8-foods-that-trigger-headaches.aspx

https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/migraine-vs-headache

https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/migraine-and-diet/ 

0
0
Hyperlink Icon

You might also like

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  If there’s anything that we’ve learned from the recent pandemic, it’s how big a role our immune system plays. Individuals with strong immune systems can fight off illnesses more efficiently than immunocompromised individuals. But how can you boost your immune...

read more
Yes to Strong Heart, Lungs, and Kidneys!

Yes to Strong Heart, Lungs, and Kidneys!

  Keeping our health in check is the ultimate game-changer for living our best lives, and a huge part of this is taking care of our vital organs. Our hearts, lungs, and kidneys are powerhouses that demand our attention and require proper medical care. Here are...

read more
Say Hello to Healthy Gut Bacteria

Say Hello to Healthy Gut Bacteria

  Have you ever had too much to eat or had a bad meal and drink combination? This is your digestive system’s way of saying it needs a little TLC. Digestive problems are all too common, and most people will at least experience some type of abdominal discomfort in...

read more
4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  If there’s anything that we’ve learned from the recent pandemic, it’s how big a role our immune system plays. Individuals with strong immune systems can fight off illnesses more efficiently than immunocompromised individuals. But how can you boost your immune...

read more
Yes to Strong Heart, Lungs, and Kidneys!

Yes to Strong Heart, Lungs, and Kidneys!

  Keeping our health in check is the ultimate game-changer for living our best lives, and a huge part of this is taking care of our vital organs. Our hearts, lungs, and kidneys are powerhouses that demand our attention and require proper medical care. Here are...

read more
Say Hello to Healthy Gut Bacteria

Say Hello to Healthy Gut Bacteria

  Have you ever had too much to eat or had a bad meal and drink combination? This is your digestive system’s way of saying it needs a little TLC. Digestive problems are all too common, and most people will at least experience some type of abdominal discomfort in...

read more
Loading up the path to your best life