Do you suffer from frequent headaches? I have been the victim of many types of headaches, from migraine, to eyestrain, sinus, mentstrual, and TMJ. Here are some of the most common types of headaches which afflict moms, with symptoms and my suggested treatments.
- Cluster Headache: These are some of the worst headaches I have ever experienced in my life! They consist of throbbing pain around the eye or a certain area of the head, facial flushing, and eye tearing. They are usually caused by alcohol, especially wine. They are sometimes caused by stress. A common remedy for cluster headaches is Ginko Biloba, but I have found that drinking lots of water and sleep is the best remedy.
- Exertion Headache: I usually get these after carrying my toddler for too long, or maybe after a big grocery-shopping trip. Laying down and applying ice to the back of the neck can help. Massage is also wonderful for exertion headaches.
- Eyestrain Headache: These are usually caused by uncorrected vision or too much bright sunlight/squinting. Wearing glasses or sunglasses usually helps to prevent this type of headache.
- Menstrual Headache: Oh, the fun of Aunt Flo coming to visit! These headaches are caused by fluctuations of estrogen. Getting plenty of B Vitamins, potassium, and magnesium can help. I also take Butterbur and Evening Primrose Oil when it gets really unbearable.
- Migraine (Common or Classic): These are characterized by visual disturbances, or smelling of weird odors, and followed by severe throbbing pain, nausea, cold sweats, dizziness, and sensitivity to sound and light. I have found that going to bed in a cool, dark room helps a lot. Caffeine and Butterbur are great natural remedies. Some people also love Feverfew, but don’t take it if you’re pregnant.
- Sinus Headache: The fun of allergies was at a peak this fall, and my sinuses were angry. The nagging pain in my sinus area was a bit too much to bear at times. A saline wash and humidifier helped to keep me clear.
- Tension Headache: Yes, I’m familiar with these, as are most moms. They’re marked by muscular pain in the neck and upper back, head, light-headedness, dizziness, and just a feeling of pain that doesn’t go away. They’re the most common type of headache, and are caused by stress, poor posture, food allergies, depression, and stress. Again, Evening Primrose Oil comes to the rescue, along with Vitamin C and ginger to help with muscle spasms. Massage and ice packs on the upper back and neck also help immensely.
Disclaimer: I’m not a physician. I have a degree in holistic health. I encourage research and self-advocacy for all women. If you need help with diagnosis or treatment of any illness, please consult a licensed healthcare worker.
What kind of headache most plagues you, and what helps prevent it? What helps get rid of it? Please share your natural tips in the comments below.