If you’ve been following us all month, you’ve been tracking your headaches for 3 weeks now with Migraine Buddy or another diary method. Have you begun to notice any trends? Hopefully that answer is yes, but if not, hopefully today’s blog will help you be able to make some better conclusions about what causes your headaches. Maybe it will even give you a better idea of things you should be tracking but haven’t because you didn’t think they could be related.
In an ironic twist, one of the most common causes of headaches is actually the medications prescribed to treat them. This may be due to any number of factors: personal sensitivity, interactions with other medications you’re taking, or even overuse. In fact, over-medication is the leading factor behind “bounce-back” or refractory headaches, making pills a poor option for treating them.
If you’re experiencing tension type headaches, evidence suggests posture is likely a primary cause of your pain. Maintaining a neutral spine posture and keeping you shoulders back throughout the day and while sitting, as well as corrective exercises can go a long way to alleviating your symptoms if that is the case.
Finally, many foods such as coffee, cheese, meats, and alcohol can cause headaches. Identifying which foods do this to you personally and eliminating them from your diet (or at least moderating them) would then help you to have more days headache free.
Have you failed to consider any of those as potential triggers for YOUR headaches? If so, I urge you to start tracking each one in your diary to help yourself and a medical professional such as myself better identify the quickest way to find you lasting relief.
I hope you’ve found this month’s blogs enlightening to some degree. Please reach out to us if you have questions, or better yet, call us to make an appointment! We’ll do a thorough exam to make sure we find out what is going on and get you Feeling, Living, and Performing Better on the path to recovery.