Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

An Assortment of Headache Types

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

An Assortment of Headache Types

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Ninety-five percent of all headaches can be lumped together as migraine, cluster and tension-type headaches. Only 5 percent account for less common types of headaches.

Heading the list is chronic daily headache, usually brought on by an "addition" to taking pain killers in the form of over-the-counter drugs (and sometimes prescription drugs) which cause a rebound effect.

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) headache ranges from mild to severe. More than ever, store-bought foods contain MSG, a flavor enhancer. The public has little protection because the Food and Drug Administration continues to consider its inclusion safe. The headache is usually a migraine-like pain with throbbing of the temples and forehead, tightness and pressure in the face.

Carbon monoxide headaches are caused by exposure to carbon monoxide (CO). They produce throbbing pain, nausea, and dizziness. CO builds up in the bloodstream. Some obvious sources are motor vehicular traffic, poorly ventilated cars, or a defective auto exhaust system.

Exertion headaches are sometimes symptoms of a tumor, aneurysm, or blood vessel malformation. They are brief throbbing headaches. More than likely, exertion headaches occur only during exercise, spasms of coughing, or sexual activity.

Eyestrain headaches occur in the forehead and are linked to poor lighting while reading, working at a computer overtime, or needing a new prescription. Too many people prescribe for themselves by selecting reading glasses at a retail store without proper medical examination.

Hunger headaches are characterized by head pain. They often occur among people who experience dips in blood glucose levels. Although most people experiencing these headaches are not hypoglycemic, they have the same reactions and should not delay meals.

Muscle-tension headaches subside within a few hours if a person lies down and closes one's eyes for a few minutes. The body will take this respite to unwind taut muscles. This interlude may also change the individual's perception of pain. After reflection, crises often diminish into minor events.

Some people cannot tolerate any situation that requires relaxation and literally cry out for "fast, fast, fast" relief. …

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