TREATMENT FOR VARIOUS HEADACHES

TREATMENT FOR VARIOUS HEADACHES

Many people treat a headache in the wrong way by taking a specific brand of painkiller such as acetaminophen or aspirin for all headaches. It is the wrong approach especially if you are experiencing frequent headaches.

Intervention by a doctor is necessary as these types of headaches require different treatments.

TENSION-TYPE HEADACHES

These are the most common types headaches characterized by pain on the regions under the eyes, lower back, neck and other muscle groups. They affect both sides of the head.

The pain can radiate from the lower back of the head, the neck, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body typically affecting both sides of the head.

Over the counter prescription medicine such as Ibuprofen, aspirin or Acetaminophen help in relieving the pain. A physician may prescribe daily medications including tricyclic antidepressants for management of tension-type headaches.

Combining medication with these behavioral therapies increases its effectiveness.

  • Massage and moderate, gentle neck stretches
  • Heat therapy (warm shower or compression)
  • Biofeedback
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation training
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

MIGRAINES

Moderate to severe recurrent headache affecting one or both sides of the head that lasts for a few hours but sometimes 2-3 days is untreated. Migraines mostly occur in women.

TREATMENT

Determining the triggers to lessen or prevent migraines by learning to manage or avoid the triggers is the main approach to treatment.

Other treatments for relieving the symptoms are:

  • Resting in a dark, quiet room
  • Massage
  • Compresses (hot or cold) to the head or the neck
  • Over the counter medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen
  • Prescription medications including triptans such zolmitriptan(zolmig) or sumatriptan(Imitrex).
  • Preventive medications like propranolol, tartrate, topiramate, or amitriptyline.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (a therapy using electrical currents for stimulating brain nerve cells) for migraines with aura

CHRONIC TENSION HEADACHES

Chronic headaches are those occurring 15 or more days sometimes daily in a month that are more like migraines.

TREATMENT

The treatment aims at prevention. Tricyclic antidepressants help in preventing future attacks. A physician will examine for any underlying condition or diseases as treating them will stop the frequent chronic headaches.

CLUSTER HEADACHES

Headaches are occurring on and off for weeks at a particular time after a few months. They mostly affect men and smoker causing pain around one eye for a few hours. Sometimes they can last 2-3 days without if there is no treatment.

TREATMENT

The intensity of cluster headaches increases by the minute thus procedures should be fast acting.

  • Prescription triptan nasal sprays to relieve stuffy and runny nose
  • Injectable medications like sumatriptan to provide quick relief during an attack
  • Oxygen therapy whereby the physician administers pure oxygen through a mask
  • Preventive medicines like verapamil to deter future attacks

THUNDERCLAP HEADACHES

A severe sudden headache that does not build up build up in intensity gradually. It is intense and painful from the beginning which could be assign of another life-threatening condition such as bleeding in the brain or other emergency problems thus it is essential to seek an immediate medical examination.

TREATMENT

If the doctor rules out medical emergency, a prescription of analgesics could be the next course by physician although it is challenging since most people do not respond well to pain relievers. Sometimes high blood treatment drugs, calcium-channel blockers can help in preventing thunderclap headaches

A SINUS HEADACHE

A sinus headache is a pain in the sinus cavities but within the head usually because of a sinus infection.

Many people confuse the two. The aim of treating a sinus headache is to relieve the symptoms and treat the sinus infection

TREATMENT

A doctor may suggest treatment of a headache together with underlying sinus by prescribing corticosteroids to ease inflammation in the sinuses and preventive allergy treatment if the cause is an allergy.

You may also take antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants for a short time. You can also use inhaled nasal decongestants, but only for up to 3 days. Longer use can make your symptoms worse.

Sinus medicine usually contains nasal decongestants or even expectorants to help in reducing pressure. They may also contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief. The prescription should be for a short time to prevent worsening of the problem of a headache for overuse of medication. Inhaled nasal decongestants or home remedies such as passing a hot washcloth over the nose and eyes helps in warming nasal decongestants and loosening secretions.

Alternating warm and cold compresses help in relieving sinus pressure and pain. Start by placing a hot washcloth or towel across the sinuses for around three minutes. Other home remedies are drinking more warm fluids, saltwater nasal spray or humidifier.

MEDICATION -OVERUSE HEADACHES

Overuse of pain relievers is the of medical-overuse headaches. Taking pain medication severally per month increases the risk of medication overuse.

The treatment is to discontinue the pain relieving medicines that cause a headache. A doctor may also use bridge therapy to help in controlling pain that the medication has been easing.

When treating a headache, it is essential to know the type and cause to get the best remedy.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING

Exercises as a movement that makes the muscles to work and the body to burn calories.

Many types of physical activity help in improving the health and general well-being the following ways.

BOOST ENERGY LEVELS

Regular exercising improves muscle strength and boosts endurance to activities. It also contributes to the delivery of more nutrients and oxygen to the tissues to increase the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. When the heart and lung health are at their boost, you will get more energy for performing daily chores. If you feel weak and tired after training, it is only for a short moment. Exercising will soon improve your energy levels.

COMBATING DISEASES AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS

Regular exercising increases the smooth flow of blood in the body thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Physical workout 3-4 times a week boosts the immune system making it strong to fight off viruses, flu, and other infections. Some research findings show that exercises reduce the chance of contracting a cold by half.

Management of many health problems including metabolic syndrome, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, depression, arthritis, falls and some types of cancers is simpler if the patient participates in regular exercises.

WEIGHT CONTROL

Management of many health problems including metabolic syndrome, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, depression, arthritis, falls and some types of cancers is simpler if the patient participates in regular exercises.

INCREASES LIFE EXPECTANCY

It is a fact that staying fit and healthy contributes to long life and preventing premature aging. Engaging in regular training sessions provided the same benefits as quitting smoking. Exercising, staying fit and living on a proper diet can increase life expectancy by 10-20 years.

MOOD IMPROVEMENT AND STRESS BURSTING

Life cannot be completely free of stress, but regular exercise helps in fighting it off. Efficient physical activities help to release endorphins a hormone that helps to ease pain naturally creating happiness and calmness in the brain. A workout session of a brisk walk for 30 minutes provides an emotional boost and blowing steam off after a stressful day by stimulating brain chemicals the cause happiness and relaxation. Exercising improves appearance which then boosts self-esteem and confidence.

IMPROVES MEMORY

Exercising improves memory power by providing more oxygen to the brain. Exercises help in creating the antidepressant effect associated with the growth of more cells in the hippocampus area of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

IMPROVES QUALITY OF SLEEP

Engaging in regular exercises helps in fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. The trick is not to exercise very close before bedtime as it might cause too much energy and hinder sleeping. Regular exercising even helps to solve the problem of insomnia.

IMPROVES INTIMACY

Engaging in regular exercises helps in fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. The trick is not to exercise very close before bedtime as it might cause too much energy and hinder sleeping. Regular exercising even helps to solve the problem of insomnia.Regular physical exercises add a spark to sex life by improving energy levels for those who feel too tired for it. It also enhances the physical appearance which is essential in boosting the confidence for those who felt out of shape for enjoying physical intimacy. The better news is that regular exercises increase arousal for the women and reduces chances of getting erectile dysfunction for the men.

Exercising does not have to be a dull routine. You can make it fun by making your friends and family part of the game. In addition to the health gains, exercising as a group makes it fun and a chance to connect. Some exercises like dancing or going for hiking trails in a group will leave you happier. You get the full benefits of exercising by working out for at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week or 150 minutes of moderate intensity activities

BEST EXERCISES FOR HEALTHY LIVING

BEST EXERCISES FOR HEALTHY LIVING

Intense exercising can be intimidating for those who just intended to work out to improve their health or fit better into their clothes. Good news is that exercising for non-athlete activities does not require lifting weights, running on treadmills, getting onto stationary bikes or running for miles.

Some simple exercises that you can try at home are enough to control weight gain, strengthen bones, improve balance, motion, joint activity, bladder activity and wellbeing.

These activities will help in achieving the right shape and lower the risk of disease no matter the fitness level and age.

WALKING

Walking might seem to be a usual activity buy is very powerful in improving your physique. It helps to achieve all these:

    • Stay trim
    • Be in good mood
    • Lower risk of diseases such as diabetes
    • Maintains healthy blood pressure
    • Strengthens bones
    • Maintains good cholesterol levels
    • Improve and reduces loss of memory

Walking does not require much preparation. All that you need are well fitting comfortable shoes and clothes. You can begin by walking for 10-15 minutes then increase the distance over time until you achieve walking for 30 to 60 minutes for most days in a week.

SWIMMING

Swimming might seem a leisure activity, but it doubles up as a perfect workout. The buoyancy of the water supports the body helping to remove the strain from painful joints for more fluid movement. Swimming is an excellent way to exercise for individuals with arthritis as fewer weight bears on the joints. Different research findings have also shown that swimming can improve mental state and improve the mood. Water aerobics is another excellent option that works well for anyone wanting to burn calories and tone up.

STRENGTH TRAINING

A believe that strength training requires participating in macho, muscular activities is a misconception. You can strength train yourself by just lifting simple weights. It will not bulk up the muscles but increase their strength and maintain that fitness. Failing to use the muscles over time leads to gradual loss of strength.

Weight training to gain muscle helps in burning calories. Having more muscles increases the number of calories that you burn thus it is simpler to maintain ideal weight. Strength training like other exercises also helps in preserving brain function in the later years.

TAI CHI

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art combining movement with relaxation. Both are well for the body and mind. Some people call it “meditation in motion.” A series of moves make up Tai Chi with each transitioning smoothly to the next. Trainers offer classes at different levels increasing access of Tai Chi to people of all fitness levels and ages.

It is good for the older people because it takes to balance an essential component in fitness that people lose as they age into consideration.A class in Tai Chi will help you start and learn proper form. Many health clubs, community centers, and local YMCAs have flexible training programs.

KEGEL EXERCISES

Kegel exercises may not have a role in improving looks but the strengthen pelvic floor muscles to help in achieving better support to the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles help a lot in preventing continence. Many people think that Kegels are for women, but men can also benefit. The correct way of Kegel exercising is to squeeze the muscles that prevent passing of gas or urine. Holding the contraction should be for 2-3 seconds followed by complete relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises require the participant to repeat the contraction and relaxation for 10 times. Performing 4-5 sets a day is a good number.

There are many things we do at work or for fun that count as exercise, but we do not know. Increasing the intensity and time will help you to improve fitness and health without a struggle. For example, using the staircase at your office, playing with the kids or ballroom dancing with friends are a form of exercise if you engage in it almost daily. Aerobic activity for a minimum of 30 days per day and two days a week of strength training makes you an ‘active’ person.

Intense exercising can be intimidating for those who just intended to work out to improve their health or fit better into their clothes. Good news is that exercising for non-athlete activities does not require lifting weights, running on treadmills, getting onto stationary bikes or running for miles.

Some simple exercises that you can try at home are enough to control weight gain, strengthen bones, improve balance, motion, joint activity, bladder activity and wellbeing.

These activities will help in achieving the right shape and lower the risk of disease no matter the fitness level and age.

WALKING

Walking might seem to be a usual activity buy is very powerful in improving your physique. It helps to achieve all these:

    • Stay trim
    • Be in good mood
    • Lower risk of diseases such as diabetes
    • Maintains healthy blood pressure
    • Strengthens bones
    • Maintains good cholesterol levels
    • Improve and reduces loss of memory

Walking does not require much preparation. All that you need are well fitting comfortable shoes and clothes. You can begin by walking for 10-15 minutes then increase the distance over time until you achieve walking for 30 to 60 minutes for most days in a week.

SWIMMING

Swimming might seem a leisure activity, but it doubles up as a perfect workout. The buoyancy of the water supports the body helping to remove the strain from painful joints for more fluid movement. Swimming is an excellent way to exercise for individuals with arthritis as fewer weight bears on the joints. Different research findings have also shown that swimming can improve mental state and improve the mood. Water aerobics is another excellent option that works well for anyone wanting to burn calories and tone up.

STRENGTH TRAINING

A believe that strength training requires participating in macho, muscular activities is a misconception. You can strength train yourself by just lifting simple weights. It will not bulk up the muscles but increase their strength and maintain that fitness. Failing to use the muscles over time leads to gradual loss of strength.

Weight training to gain muscle helps in burning calories. Having more muscles increases the number of calories that you burn thus it is simpler to maintain ideal weight. Strength training like other exercises also helps in preserving brain function in the later years.

TAI CHI

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art combining movement with relaxation. Both are well for the body and mind. Some people call it “meditation in motion.” A series of moves make up Tai Chi with each transitioning smoothly to the next. Trainers offer classes at different levels increasing access of Tai Chi to people of all fitness levels and ages.

It is good for the older people because it takes to balance an essential component in fitness that people lose as they age into consideration.A class in Tai Chi will help you start and learn proper form. Many health clubs, community centers, and local YMCAs have flexible training programs.

KEGEL EXERCISES

Kegel exercises may not have a role in improving looks but the strengthen pelvic floor muscles to help in achieving better support to the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles help a lot in preventing continence. Many people think that Kegels are for women, but men can also benefit. The correct way of Kegel exercising is to squeeze the muscles that prevent passing of gas or urine. Holding the contraction should be for 2-3 seconds followed by complete relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises require the participant to repeat the contraction and relaxation for 10 times. Performing 4-5 sets a day is a good number.

There are many things we do at work or for fun that count as exercise, but we do not know. Increasing the intensity and time will help you to improve fitness and health without a struggle. For example, using the staircase at your office, playing with the kids or ballroom dancing with friends are a form of exercise if you engage in it almost daily. Aerobic activity for a minimum of 30 days per day and two days a week of strength training makes you an ‘active’ person.

CAN YOU REVERSE AGING?

CAN YOU REVERSE AGING?

Aging is the process of growing older, but medically it terms summarizing the set of processes that contribute to deterioration and finally death. The processes contribute to a decline in health, productivity, and performance.

Although aging comes with age, it does not mean that you should not give it some attention. You can take measure to improve the quality of life and health to slow down the aging process and reverse the effects of early onset.

There is no magic solution. You should take and implement these steps.
REVERSE AGING BY EATING A BALANCED DIET
Eating any food without nutritional consideration is like turning the body to a combustion engine the burns food like fuel to gain energy. When the body functions as a car, it wears out and breaks down faster.

Nutritious meals should have vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients that your body understands. Your body decodes the language of the food you eat. Reversing aging requires that you increase intake of antioxidant. Antioxidants help to slow down aging at a cellular level, decrease the risk heart disease, cancer and memory loss whose risk increases with age.
Antioxidant-rich food includes sweet potatoes, garlic, cucumbers, almond, and walnuts.

STOP SMOKING
When you age advances, it is the best time to stop smoking. The habit has numerous health hazards that increase the risk of contracting illnesses that will affect your quality of life and contribute to aging. Additionally, smoking causes the teeth to start turning yellow and paling of the skin making your appearance to be older sometimes more than your real age.

REVERSE AGING BY REDUCING THE WRINKLES AND FINE LINES
In most cases, wrinkles appear due to prolonged exhaustion. Fines lines are not just a sign of sun exposure but also a poor diet. Failing to sleep enough trigger the production of excess cortisol, a hormone the causes the formation of belly fat and breaking down of skin cells.

You can restore a youthful appearance on your skin sleeping for 8 straight hours every day. Make sure that you also drink enough water to prevent dehydration and enhance the skin’s appearance.

REVERSE AGING BY TONING YOUR SKIN
Aging causes the skin to lose elasticity and to sag. You can reverse the sagging by an effective using anti-aging moisturizer. A good moisturizer will increase elasticity, prevent wrinkles, blemishes and pigmentation. Use the moisturizer on the face, neck and under their eyes. Many people forget to moisturize the hands yet is also necessary. It is essential as the skin on the hands is delicate allowing aging to manifest in the form of thinning and loosening. Dark spots and highly visible veins also occur due to aging. If the signs and feeling of extra slimness appear on your hands, it is important to start applying high-quality lotion daily. Applying it before going to bed is better than during the day.

The skin around the eyes becomes delicate and prone to wrinkles with age. An excellent eye cream anti-aging property and under eye concealer will help to conceal the effect of aging. An eye cream hydrates and protects the area to reduce noticeability of wrinkles or fine lines. An under-eye concealer covers redness and dark circles that make someone look haggard.

Extended use of electronics, poor diet and allergies cause reddening of the eyes and make you appear older. A regular intake of highly inflammatory foods can cause eye reddening. Eating antioxidant-rich diet helps to reduce signs of inflammation.

PREVENT HAIR THINNING WILL REVERSE AGING
Aging is a cause of natural hair thinning. Genetics contribute much to hair loss, but overzealous brushing, hormonal imbalances, and excessive chemical processing also make the hair to appear older.

Scalp massages help to increase blood flow and temporary infusion of nutrients to the hair follicles. It is a natural technique in various cultures as a means of maintaining hair health with much success if it takes place daily. A scalp massage with coconut or olive oil minutes before a shower prevents thinning. A diet of leafy greens, biotin, iron, and zinc also improves hair health.

No one wants to look old, and the above measures will make you look younger or reverse the signs of aging

DEMYSTIFYING DIABETES

DEMYSTIFYING DIABETES

Diabetes is a name for describing a metabolic condition causing a higher than normal levels of blood sugar. Diabetes impairs the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin causing an abnormal metabolism of the carbohydrates. It also causes elevation of glucose levels in the blood.Different reasons contribute to an increase in blood glucose thus diabetes is of various types and intensity.

DEMYSTIFYING DIABETES MANIFESTATION
Most of the food that we consume turns into sugar or glucose for the body to use for energy.The pancreas is an internal body organ near the stomach makes insulin, a hormone that helps glucose to enter the body cells.The body of a person with diabetes either does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin optimally as it happens with health beings.

Both conditions cause a buildup of sugars in the blood. What the sugar builds up is dangerous thus requires interventions to manage the blood sugar. Failing to manage diabetes can cause serious health complications including blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and infection of the legs leading to lower extremity amputations.

DEMYSTIFYING DIABETES TYPES
Diabetes can be one of these two major types:

TYPE 1 DIABETES
This type of diabetes develops in children or young adults. It destroys pancreatic cells stopping production of insulin. It is also termed as insulin-dependent requires treatment with insulin.

SYMPTOMS
High levels of sugar in urine and blood
Frequent urination
Frequent thirst and hunger
Weakness and fatigue
Weight loss
Mood swings
Nausea and vomiting
Episodes of low blood sugar are frequent and occur suddenly. This type of diabetes cannot be prevented.

TYPE 2 DIABETES
This is a non-insulin dependent diabetes with prevalence in people older than 45 years especially those who are overweight. Those who have type 2 diabetes cannot produce adequate insulin to allow entry of glucose into the cells thus causing sugar to build up in the bloodstream.

SYMPTOMS
Type 2 diabetes take time to notice as the symptoms develop gradually although it is necessary to go for regular check-ups and get doctor’s advice if you have early warning assigns. It is not unusual for people to not to have any symptoms until diagnosis.

Regular urge to urinate
Nausea
Irritability
Tiredness
Blurry vision
Skin infections
Dry or tingling skin
You can prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes that occurs in adulthood through living healthy a lifestyle by maintaining safe weight, eating a balanced diet and working out regularly.

The common thing about the two types of diabetes is that they both increase the risk of developing other serious health complications. Monitoring and managing the disease helps in preventing complications, but diabetes still is a leading cause of kidney failure and blindness. They are also one of the critical risk factors for a foot or leg amputations, stroke and heart disease.

DEMYSTIFYING DIABETES-LIKE CONDITIONS
Other conditions with signs like those of type 2 diabetes are:

PREDIABETES
Prediabetes is a state in which the blood sugar is higher than usual but not to the level of classification as a Type 2 diabetes. All the other symptoms of diabetes are present except for blood sugar.

GESTATIONAL DIABETES
Occurs in pregnant women who develop high blood sugar during pregnancy, but they never had diabetes. It starts when the body is unable to make and use all the insulin it requires for pregnancy. Because of the gestational nature, it does not harm the baby or cause defects unless in the instance of or poor control or failing to treat. Failing to act makes the baby pancreases to produce extra insulin to eliminate blood glucose. The baby may also store excess fat because it gets more than necessary energy to develop and grow.

Regular visits to a physician for a checkup of blood sugar is essential in preventing the occurrent of Type 2 diabetes. The good thing is that if you have prediabetes or gestational diabetes can stop its development of Type 2 diabetes by healthy eating, reducing and maintaining a healthy weight.

Those who already have diabetes can control effects by exercising, taking a healthy diet, tablets and getting injections to maintain blood sugar levels within a safe range.