Everyone does have a headache at some or other point in time. A sore head is an exceedingly common symptom, from stubborn dehydration headaches to inactive migraines. That may be particularly true at the moment. COVID-19 will cause you to sit on desks too long and not leave the house enough.
When headaches occur, a lot of people respond to a painkiller. And they could do the work. But the reasons behind the pain are always a better remedy – particularly if you get a lot of similar types of headache.
Even if they all include pain, the pain will tell us what kind of headache we are having. Face and forehead pain is the marker of sinus-related headache, while somewhere in our cranium, the feel of a pneumatic driller is always migraine.
But eventually, vasodilation in the head – the spread of blood vessels near the brain – triggers all headaches. This expands sensory receptors to the wall of the vessel, and we feel the feeling as pain.
To understand why we have to think about the constraints under which our heads function. Blood is harmful to the brain tissue so the blood-brain barrier is kept separate. If the blood vessel leaks or splits, a hemorrhage occurs and the brain tissue’s death drains into the blood. Those sensory receptors shoot signals into the brain that we perceive as discomfort when our blood vessels are stretched beyond comfortable limits.
The early alert system is a headache. The only way to counteract them is to understand what they warn us about.
Think over your head
This means that you think beyond your head. Yeah, somewhere in our head headache is generated and we feel this in our head and that is why it’s called a headache. Headache. But the headache is more than that – that’s why I’m fascinated by it, have researched it for the last 20 years and published a book about the subject recently.
This is a two-way lane. Often our body or our actions will cause our headache. And headaches affect our bodies and our behavior, of course. If we accept headache as being separate from our cranium, we will never really understand its origin, our experience, or how we can alleviate it.
Often migraine sufferers understand this intimately and often track their intake and behaviors and the weather religiously to decide what causes them. But the average headache patient is also less attuned to the cause of his pain.
Headache stress is a very clear example of how it works. It feels like a tight band pulling around your head with a tonnage of weight sitting on top. They all arise in periods of high emotional stress (lockdown at home, anyone?), but they may also be due to stress, such as poor posture, or rest from injury, on our bodies.
They both include overactivation of the musculature around the head and neck that triggers an inflammatory reaction involving prostaglandins and nitric oxide. Inflammatory chemicals also stimulate the trigeminal nerve directly – the cranial nerve most complex and responsible for feeling and movement.
Too many things, trying to make things happen in a bad time, and trying to do all things for everyone, are typical indicators of behavior, which predict stress headaches. That and what we do when the pain starts.
Hear the Agony
If you have pain in your knee, you can avoid playing tennis or watching soccer five-a-side. You know you could do more harm if you play it, and your recovery will take longer. But that’s not what we want to do with headaches. We take a painkiller or an anti-inflammatory drug and proceed as usual, even though our pain receivers call out to us about something wrong.
Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen will prevent the threat, minimize discomfort, dilatation, and the sense of pain, but headaches will happen again unless we are able to resolve the cause. Often it’s evident that when you have a sinus infection you just have to wait for the sinuses to clear up. So it might be a safe approach to take a painkiller or a decongestant.
We can decide on a wine bottle and take is just the kind of treat we need to relax and relax. But both induce dehydration, which is another omnipresent cause of headache. Your brain is made from more than 70 percent water and generally comes from an oasis if your kidneys need to borrow to dilute alcohol or salts and spices. The brain loses water such that it literally shrinks in volume and tugged at the membranes that cover the brain and cause pain.
Using natural painkillers of the brain
What else can we do, then? One approach is to lean into the normal painting function of the brain and improve pleasure-related neurochemicals (serotonin and oxytocin) and reward (dopamine). Getting a comedy laugh, a good friend’s company or a partner’s intimacy can all raise these hormones to different levels.
Each block of pain signals from your body not only helps you manage your headache but also corrects the balance of neurochemicals that are the machinery of your emotional disturbance.
We know that we can use our actions and our body to regulate our brain’s neurochemicals to break the headache cycle. Next time, however, you get a headache that doesn’t make it clear to you – you’re not sick and hydrated – look at your life to see what can be improved. After everything, the pain wants to say something to you.
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