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It’s easy to pop a pain pill when you feel a headache coming on without giving it a second thought. It’s an acceptable way to manage for people who experience rare or occasional headaches. However, for someone who suffers from regular or daily headaches, it’s a completely different story. If you are in this group, you shouldn’t be masking your symptoms with pain medications. Your headaches need to be looked into and the underlying causes identified and treated.
You can help to determine the cause of your chronic headaches by paying attention to them. The following post describes what you can do in more detail:
The location of your headache can help you figure out what’s causing it
Headaches always seem like mysterious third cousins who show up uninvited at your door with lots of luggage just as you were about to go out and enjoy your life. There are times when we can predict the onset of head pain — right before our menstrual cycles seems to be a popular time slot that our bodies reserve for the kinds of annoying headaches that make work impossible. But, if you find yourself consistently frustrated at why your head is pounding and why it’s always a dull pain or a shooting one or one that feels like it’s spreading across the center of your forehead, it’s time to pay closer attention to the location of your headache. Read more at She Knows….
As the post explains, the ability to identify exactly where you feel the pain can help your doctor begin the process of diagnosing your headache properly.
Chronic headaches can be caused by a number of things ranging from simple factors like dehydration to more complex issues like problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the “hinge” that connects the jaw to the skull. Due to this variety, the causes of headaches can be difficult to determine. The following post describes some of the most common factors:
5 Most Common Causes of Daily Headaches
And What You Can Do to Prevent Them
Amazingly, some people suffer from headaches almost on a daily basis. Even though headaches are one of the most common pain disorders, there are certain things that you can do to prevent them. Of course if you do suffer from daily headaches, consulting with a doctor is a must.
If you suffer from daily headaches, you should pay attention to what you’re eating. Certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine, processed meats and cheeses, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and chocolate have been shown to trigger headaches. Read more at MCJ3 Media….
So, now we can add the foods we eat to the list of the often overlooked causes of headaches. But, what if you have tried changing your diet, keeping yourself hydrated, reducing your stress levels and more, yet you still suffer from headaches? The fact is you might be looking at something that’s actually referred pain caused by dysfunction in another part of the body. The problem could even be emanating from your jaws. The following post describes this better:
TMJ Migraine or Tension Headaches
Headaches are the most common health complaint in the world and the most common cause of medication overuse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headache disorders — characterized as migraine, tension-type headache and cluster headaches — affect more than half of the world’s adult population regardless of age, race, income levels or geographical location.
In the United States, headaches are the number one health complaint, and an estimated 50 million people suffer from chronic headaches. Many of those sufferers experience little relief with over-the-counter pain medications and therefore struggle with a reduced quality of life – including missed work and missed school — because of the pain their headaches cause. Read more at Leading Dentists…
If you suspect you might be having chronic headaches or migraines because of issues with your jaw, look no further than Fort Collins Headache Center. These are the types of headaches we specialize in. The treatment we offer, a breakthrough diagnostic and therapeutic system called TruDenta, can relieve your TMJ-related headaches once and for all.
Contact us today to schedule an assessment. With just a short 20-minute exam we can tell you whether you’re a candidate for our program. If you are, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you that will have you pain free in 12 or fewer weekly visits. Call Fort Collins Headache Center today at 970-672-8517 or use the contact form on this page. We look forward to hearing from you.