how do i get rid of tension headaches?

how do i get rid of tension headaches?

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Answer by Ka-Ka kripple are justins girl..
ok i get headaches all the time have u saw a doctor yet. i have and the said it was sound and the air around u.

A tension headache can put a damper on your day. This kind of headache usually develops in the afternoon, causing mild or moderate pain that may feel like dull tightness or a band of pressure. Tension headaches occur when neck, shoulder, and scalp muscles become tense. Some people experience tension headaches from time to time; others get them more often. While this type of headache is rarely debilitating, it can certainly make life miserable.

If you have frequent tension headaches (more often than once or twice a week), here are some strategies that can help you prevent them:

  1. Pay attention to the basics. Get enough sleep, don’t skip meals, and be sure to pace yourself to avoid stress and fatigue.
  2. Relaxation techniques. Physical and psychological relaxation therapies can help stave off tension headaches, so long as you practice these techniques regularly. Physical approaches include applying a heating pad to your neck and shoulders to relax the muscles. Exercising these muscles also helps by strengthening and stretching them. Guided imagery exercises that help you focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax them and release tension and stress can also help.
  3. Biofeedback. This relaxation technique requires special training but can help people avoid recurrent tension headaches. Typically, a therapist will attach electrodes to your skin to detect electrical signals from your neck and shoulder muscles. You then learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and practice ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache.
  4. Medical approaches. Some people with tension headaches have very sensitive areas, known as trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent the headache from occurring again. There are also a number of medications that can help keep tension headaches at bay. If non-drug therapies aren’t giving you the relief you need, talk with your doctor about the medication options that might be right for you.

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  1. Many patients with tension headaches do not seek medical attention or advice, instead choosing to treat themselves with nonprescription analgesics and over-the-counter pain medications.

    While this works for some people, others, whose tension headaches are severe enough or sufficiently frequent to compel them to seek professional treatment, obtain relief through a course of doctor-prescribed antidepressant or anxiety-reducing medications, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline or desipramine.

    When headaches are severe, symptomatic treatment with aspirin, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be helpful. In such cases, care must be taken to avoid medication overuse, as this can lead to “rebound headaches.” Due to potentially severe gastrointestinal and cardiovascular side effects, NSAIDs should only be used as instructed.

    Some patients report beneficial results from secondary treatments that help reduce the effects of stress and tension on the body, such as massage, meditation and the use of biofeedback techniques. In some cases, patients also may benefit from the effects of psychotherapy as a means of learning how to cope with stress and tension.

    If you only have tension headaches occasionally, an over-the-counter (available without a prescription) pain reliever can probably help. When choosing an over-the-counter pain reliever, check the label for possible side effects or interactions with other medicines you are taking. Always read and follow the directions on the label carefully. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    If you have tension headaches almost every day or over-the-counter medicines don’t help your pain, you should see a doctor. He or she may prescribe some medicine that you take only when you have a headache to relieve the pain. It’s best to treat tension headaches when they begin and are still mild–before they get more painful.

    Your doctor may also prescribe a medicine that you take every day, even when you don’t have a headache. This medicine may help prevent tension headaches. Your doctor will tell you which type of medicine he or she is prescribing for you.
    Besides taking medicine, other things you can do to ease the pain of a tension headache include the following:

    Put a heat pack or an ice pack on your head or neck.
    Take a hot shower.
    Get enough rest or sleep.
    Take time away from things that are stressful. This could mean doing anything from taking a brief walk to going on a long vacation.
    Get regular exercise of all types. Work up to exercising for 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week.

  2. – Excedrin Tension Headache –
    Specially formatted for tension headaches.

    Buy it over the counter at any Wal*Mart, Walgreen’s, or your local drug store…if that doesn’t help, then consult your physician.

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