For almost every person on the planet, headaches are, well, a headache! Chances are that you’ve had one fairly recently, but for those who get them regularly, the one thing they are looking for is relief.
While you can always pop a few over the counter pain pills, they wreak havoc on your liver and if you get frequent headaches, you really don’t want to go that route.
Let’s not forget that for some types of headaches, pain killers like Advil or Tylenol simply don’t work.
So how to get rid of a headache?
That would depend.
Why do I have a headache?
That would also depend.
Let’s spend just a minute talking about what type of headache you have so you can find out the best way to get rid of it.
While most headaches are painful, they usually aren’t serious. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Be aware that if any of the following apply to you, see your doctor immediately, go to the emergency room or call 911:
We understand that, more than anything else, you want to know how to get rid of that headache fast!
What are the best ways to get rid of a headache and how do you treat a severe headache? We have answers for you with 11 little-known secrets for getting rid of whatever type of headache you have.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache people complain about. As you can imagine, this type of pain is caused by stress and tension. While over the counter pain relieves usually work, they can lead to rebound headaches (see secret #9).
How can you get rid of a tension headache fast? Try some of the following:
If you feel like you have tried everything, and you still suffer from chronic tension headaches, speak with your doctor or chiropractor about what your next steps should be.
Hopefully, your sinus headache isn’t caused by a sinus infection. If you have pain in your upper teeth, a fever, and a yellow or green nasal discharge, you might have an infection. See your doctor for antibiotics.
However, if you regularly get sinus headaches due to changes in air pressure or other reasons, you can try some of the following remedies:
If you think your sinus headache might be due to an allergy, be sure to read secret #3.
Allergies are also a common headache inducer. One of the problems is trying to find out what you are allergic to. Some of the best ways to do this include:
If you are still having headaches that you believe are allergy-related, see your doctor or chiropractor for more advice.
Migraines are a nightmare for the people who suffer from them. The pain is intense and can last for days for some persons. Most people with migraines cannot stand light or sound, which virtually debilitates them, making them prisoners in their bedrooms. There are dozens of medications, but very few actually work. Some of the best migraine remedies include:
Exertion headaches are a real bummer. You just finish doing something great and before you can admire your accomplishment, your head is pounding. While these aren’t as well known as migraines, they can be every bit as painful. Some of the best tips for stopping an exertion headache include:
If you still cannot find the source of your exertion headache, speak with your doctor or chiropractor about other possibilities.
Ugh! Talk about a headache that won’t go away! Cluster headaches aren’t actually headaches but is pain that comes from the dilation of a blood vessel which then touches a large nerve which runs from the side of the ear, down to the face and jaw. It is unknown why this occurs, but it tends to run in cycles, with episodes happening every night for several weeks or months, then disappearing for weeks or months or, for some people, forever.
The pain of a cluster headache is worse than a migraine, but they don’t tend to last as long. Some people have described these as a hot poker being shoved in your eye or down your ear. Since the root cause is unknown and prevention is impossible, you will need to find ways to deal with these headaches as they occur. Some remedies that have worked include:
Remember that pain medication will not work for cluster headaches so there is no point in taking any sort of over the counter or even prescription pain killers.
This seems fairly straight forward, right? Missing caffeine, drink a cup? Unfortunately, by the time you have reached headache status, a cup of coffee or a soda will not stop the headache. You can try some of the following:
You might want to start alternating decaf coffee with regular coffee until you can break the caffeine habit entirely.
Estrogen levels affect many things in a woman’s body and that can include giving you a headache. If you experience headaches just before the start of or in the first days of your cycle, these are known as menstrual migraines. Other headaches, such as those that start when you ovulate, are often called hormone headaches. You can’t stop Mother Nature or your hormones, but you can try the following tips:
Your doctor or chiropractor might be able to offer you other suggestions if the above remedies do not seem to help.
Rebound headaches come from the overuse of over the counter pain meds. These headaches are intense but are very dull. If you suffer from frequent headaches and take these pain relievers frequently (more than twice a month) you could be adding to your headache problem rather than stopping it.
Unfortunately, the only way to stop rebound headaches is to stop the cause: pain medications. You need to stop taking pain killers to prevent rebound headaches and find out what the root cause is of the headache you are taking medication for.
Your chiropractor can help you find natural alternatives, so you can avoid headaches, and rebound headaches, in the future.
As if being whacked upside the head wasn’t enough, it often brings headaches that can last for months, even as long as a year. Depending on the type of injury, cervical or cervicogenic headaches stem from damaged muscles, ligaments, and misaligned vertebrae in the neck. Musculoskeletal headaches are the result of damaged muscles and connective tissue in the neck, jaw, and shoulders. Treatments for post-traumatic headaches will vary, but include:
The biggest factor with post-traumatic headaches is early treatment. See your doctor or chiropractor sooner as opposed to later to help prevent these injury-related headaches.
The unknown headache. Sometimes, nothing seems to work, and you just don’t know why you have this headache that won’t go away.
It’s usually trial and error in this case. Some natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments are:
We hope that you found this information helpful. If you did, please feel free to share it with others.
If you are suffering from any type of recurring headache, we encourage you to call our Anchorage clinic for a same-day chiropractic appointment. No one should suffer from headache pain and we will gladly check your insurance coverage, so you have one less headache to worry about!