migraines

Killer Migraines & Splitting Headaches

Are you one of many Americans suffering from frequent headaches and migraines every year? Do you know the common cause or best treatment?

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Whether the pain starts at the base of the skull and creeps up to your temples or it begins as a pressure behind your eyes, and quickly spreads to your entire head, the pain of a headache or migraine is often debilitating.

Identifying the pain and pinpointing why your head hurts can sometimes aid in finding relief.

Headaches

Headaches can strike as the result of many different ailments. Additionally, treatment for different types of headaches varies.

Allergy headaches are especially common this time of year. They are often accompanied by watery eyes and nasal congestions. While there’s no prevention, you can treat them with antihistamines and nasal spray.

Chronic Daily headaches are diagnosed when a headache is present for 15 or more days a month. Treatment depends on the cause or associated symptoms of the headaches.

Other precipitating factors for headaches include fever or caffeine withdrawal, fasting, hangovers, or eye strain, and depression, hunger, or menstruation.

Migraines

In a three-month span, over 15% of Americans 18 years old and older report suffering from migraines (CDC). Not only are they extremely common, but they are also the number one cause of disability worldwide. Migraines can affect your performance at work, school, and home.

While some medical emergency departments will treat migraines with opioids, it’s not recommended for regular or continual use. Instead, you can use migraine tracking apps like Migraine Monitor or Curelator N1-Heachache App to track your symptoms, connect with medical professions, and seek tips for dealing with the pain of migraines.

For more information on migraines and headaches, visit the National Headache Foundation page at https://headaches.org. You can also visit www.tchdnow.org or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi
Reporting

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