sinus headache - Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types of headaches: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you do see one and possibly consider counseling.
This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).
What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Here are a few types:
SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.
MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.
MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
Rounding it out are TEMPORAL, SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage and BRAIN Tumor headaches
With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches; these are SIX home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;
(1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.
(2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines! Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.
(3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any
(4) Take a pleasant shower.
(5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!
(6) Lay down for a nap and to unplug the brain all you are going to do is, think about what else you can do to de-stress.