Stress headaches

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@classical_wolf:  I’ve been having awful stress headaches that originate in the back right side of my head and upper neck.  I get massages once a month already for tension, but that wasn’t helping.  I saw a doctor and was prescribed muscle relaxers and very strong Ibuprofin, which has helped some.  The most helpful thing so far has been more regular massages by a therapist who specializes in migranes and tension headaches, as well as regularly doing stretches which target my neck and shoulders.  Check these out.  Hope this helps! 

Post # 5
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@classical_wolf:  I had some really bad headaches and nausea (and almost fainted), so I went to the doctor and found out my Vitamin D levels were low. I also went to the chirpractor, and that helped take care of the headaches. Perhaps she need to be adjusted and then get a massage?

Post # 7
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3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have the same types of headaches constantly, and also deal with migraines on occasion.  When I was going to the chiropractor, it helped a lot, and I just felt better in general.  I can’t afford to go anymore right now, so I take excedrin every day, it’s the only thing that will alleviate my headaches. 

Post # 9
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Regular excersie should help relieve some of the stress.
I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, so I decided that I’m going to do one active thing a day. I have a list ready, and I pick based on my mood (run? walk? workout video? yoga?). I’m trying to keep as many of them outside as I can… because sunlight is a huge mood booster (and really, I get like zero fresh air on any given day)

I haven’t done this part yet, but I also want to get/print a calendar to check off what days I get out and be active – I think it will help to keep me more accountable (ex. I don’t want to see a blank calendar!).

Oh! And BTW – check your water intake! Make sure you’re drinking at least the minimum your body needs… fruts and veggies can count as water sometimes, but I like to count glasses of water only, everything else is a bonus.
This might explain better than I could: http://www.fitsugar.com/Formula-Drinking-Water-916033

Good luck, feel better!

Post # 10
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I get stress headaches easily. I picked up a mouth guard at Target and wear it at night (headaches are from my clenching my jaw at night), and then Excedrin Tension Headache (though I don’t think that’s back on the market yet, so just generic sodium naproxen). I stretch often and crack my neck, which also helps.

Post # 12
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4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes, i’ve had periods of chronic tension headaches.  There have been times where it’s taken me a month to make them go away completely.  The short answer of what to do is healthy living – good diet and exercise.  The longer answer: I can keep them under control by doing the following:

 

– doing frequent yoga/Pilates/stretching-based exercise, plus walking to loosen up my muscles. Tension headaches are often due to tightened neck muscles from poor posture and inactivity, so  working and loosening your muscles helps.

 

– giving eyes a break from close-up work such as computer.  Eyestrain is a common cause of headaches, so you need to give your eyes a break – our eyes aren’t meant to do close work.  When your eyes are strained it’s common to start tightening your neck as well.

 

– good pillow.  Sleeping posture and bad pillows can screw up your neck alignment.

 

– look into ergonomics of your workstation.  Chair, desk height, etc. all can put you in poor ergonomic positions that lead to poor posture, etc.

 

-eating well.  Magnesium deficiencies are a common factor in headaches, and many Americans are magnesium deficient.  Greens, whole grains, and less processed foods are important not just as part of a healthy lifestyle, but as part of keeping your magnesium levels up.  Another upside of increased magnesium intake is it can help with PMS symptoms – low magnesium levels are part of why a lot of women crave chocolate when they’re PMSing.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vorpalette:  Not to threadjack, but the mouthguard is a very good idea. I clench my teeth at night. Does it make you gag or do you fear it coming out at night or anything? I might look into it.

Post # 16
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@megz06:  Nope! I have a really small mouth (as in, I had to have adult teeth pulled because there wasn’t enough room in my jaw for a normal amount of teeth), but I didn’t even have to cut it down. I got a Dentek 2-pack at Target that you drop in boiling water and then fit to your mouth. I’ve worn it for 5 years and have only popped it out once (no idea why, I woke up and it was sitting on my night stand).

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