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How does lifestyle affect headaches?

lifestyle with headaches

All people experience headaches, although not so often. But what if the head hurts constantly, and not three times a month? The reason can be both in the lifestyle and in the deterioration of health.

If you suffer from regular headaches, pay attention to your habits. Discomfort can come from fatigue, hunger, lack of sleep, overexertion, or stress. Try changing your routine for at least a couple of weeks to relieve pain:

  • Go to bed early; a person needs at least 8 hours of sleep to rest. But don’t sleep more than 10 hours. In this case, the oxygen and blood sugar levels will drop and cause a headache.
  • If you sit for a long time at books, a computer, or your work is connected with looking at small details once every half hour, get distracted. Get up, stretch, do not strain your eyes for at least a couple of minutes.
  • Stop drinking alcohol. It affects blood pressure and affects the state of the blood vessels in the head.
  • Try to avoid stressful situations and negative emotions. If your headache isn’t caused by illness, then these simple tips can help you avoid it.

You can use medications for headaches, have a snack, lie down to sleep for half an hour, ventilate the room and do a head massage to relieve pain.

When should you see a neurologist?

There are very few diseases that affect nerve tissues and the brain. Headache can be caused by:

  • Neuralgia of the facial and caused trigeminal nerves: the nerve fibers are pinched and inflamed, which can cause you to feel pain constantly.
  • Neoplasms. Both benign and malignant tumors press on the vessels, increase intracranial pressure. The head hurts only on the side where the tumor is located. A general deterioration can suspect the disease of the condition, fever, lethargy, and fatigue. 

If the causes of the headache are not clear, the neurologist will refer you to an MRI or CT scan of the brain, where they will quickly determine the cause of the discomfort. And if everything is in order with the brain itself, a competent neurologist will find the source of pain and refer to a doctor of the required specialty and prescribe medicine for headache.

Heart and spine problems

Heart and spine problems

Do not mindlessly take medications for headaches without knowing the cause of persistent pain. Often the head hurts due to problems with the heart and blood vessels. Usually, older people are prone to this, but some diseases are common among young people:

  • High and low blood pressure. The head hurts when the weather changes; with a sharp rise, dizziness may begin and darken in the eyes. This is due to vascular tension and oxygen starvation of the brain.
  • Vascular diseases. The pain lasts for several hours in the eye area, and blood may flow from the nose.
  • Sclerosis and pinching of blood vessels are inevitable companions of atherosclerosis and scoliosis. Due to the reduced lumen of the vessels, less oxygen enters the brain; the head begins to ache either over the entire area or in the back of the head and temples.
  • Stroke thrombosis or rupture of blood vessels in the brain. Severe dull pain appears a person may lose mobility on one side of the face or body and stop distinguishing familiar objects. At the first symptoms of a stroke, it is necessary to call an ambulance in a few hours urgently; the brain will begin to die. To detect problems with blood pressure, you just need to monitor your condition. It is no coincidence that at every appointment with a therapist, you must measure your blood pressure. Do not be alarmed if, someday, it changes; this is entirely normal. But the vascular disease can only be seen on MRI of the brain or magnetic resonance angiography. You would be referred for these examinations to accurately establish a diagnosis if it did not work out right away.
  • If you have back problems, the headache most likely hurts, so you should not constantly use headache medicine. Any curvature of posture, an increase in bone tissue on the vertebrae, hernia, and protrusion lead to pinching of blood vessels. And because of this, oxygen and nutrients cannot enter the brain, which causes pain, fatigue, and drowsiness. Much less often, the pain from the spine radiates to the head. This happens with injuries, hernias, and curvatures of the cervical and upper thoracic regions.

 

Spine problems are dealt with by a neurologist and an orthopedic surgeon. The doctor will pay attention to the back’s curvature, first of all, even on a simple visual examination. To clarify the diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan of the damaged spine. After the examination, your doctor will prescribe the correct treatment and medications for headaches for you.

Headache after injury and illness

Headache after injury and illness

You need to determine the cause of the disease to choose the right medications for headaches. Pain can be caused by two types of injuries, damage to the skull and spine. The reason for their discomfort is different:

  • With traumatic brain injury, a hematoma is formed, which increases intracranial pressure. It squeezes blood vessels and proximal parts of the brain. If the skull is damaged, fragments can get inside and cause bleeding. In this case, the pain occurs some time after the injury. The eyes will darken, dizziness and nausea will begin. There is pain all over the head, but it is especially severe at the site of the injury.
  • With spinal injuries, large vessels are clamped, which causes oxygen starvation. If the neck is injured, then the head will ache simply from the proximity of the injury.

In both cases, you must immediately consult a doctor. To clarify the nature and extent of the injury, the doctor can do an X-ray or MRI, but only after the acute phase has passed. The doctor will then prescribe the appropriate medications for headaches for you.

 

Diseases can affect headache both directly and indirectly:

  • Severe infections can lead to inflammation of the brain structures, thinning of the vessel walls, and destruction of the meninges.
  • With flu, colds, sore throats, and any other respiratory disease, breathing is disturbed. And because of the smaller amount of incoming air, oxygen starvation and headache begin.

In these conditions, it makes no sense to go to a neurologist complaining of a headache. It is better to tell your doctor about it to analyze the situation, adjust the treatment, prescribe headache medicine, or send you to the hospital.

You shouldn’t drink medications for headaches all the time instead of looking for the cause of the persistent pain. There are many causes of headaches, and it can be difficult to identify the main quickly. The diagnostic methods are very similar, and you do not have to spend a lot of time on examinations. Getting rid of a constant headache is worth all the time spent on it.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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