What is the Best thing for Headaches?

February 18, 2009 3:21pm CST
Hello Everyone, I have a horrible headache at the moment.....in fact I have had it all day. But it isnt a migraine. I have only ever had a migraine once and it was horrible! I hope never to have that again! No...its just a regular headache I have right now. But it is stubborn and doesnt want to let go. I have taken paracetamol....which is the most common pain killer in England for headaches....I have eaten, so it isnt because I am hungry and I havent been online long, so it isnt becuase I have been in front of the screen all day. But what I want to ask is, what do you all find is a sure fire way to help soothe your headaches and stop them coming back? Maybe I should be asking my partner for a nice massage eh? lol
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@misskyla (40)
• United States
19 Feb 09
Hello, My daughter is being treated for migraines.Her neurologist says if you have ever had a migraine then all of your headaches are migraines for the rest of your life, even if they are not that severe. I agree with you however, a migraine is a whole other thing!!!! I get them too. I usually take an acetaminophen, and ibuprofen and a small glass of soda or coffee with caffeine. Not too much caffeine as it can cause headaches. My favorite pain reliever is naproxen sodium. I also once heard to squeeze your big toe on the opposite side of the pain of the headache or both if needed. It has worked a few times!!! Good luck to you.
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20 Feb 09
I have only had a migraine once and I never want another one....but I cant think that all the headaches I have had since are migraines....they were just ordinary headaches. The reflexology suggestion is a good one.....I have tried this in the past and it is actually very good....I have tried it for various things. I dont think i know what Naproxen Sodium is.
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@celticeagle (119330)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Feb 09
Stress is the culprit. Lack of children and government is the best thing to element headaches. I think meditation, dark room and soft music helps the most. Putting yourself in a peaceful spot.
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20 Feb 09
lol Lack of government for curing a headache has got to be the best thing!! lol
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• Philippines
19 Feb 09
my mom is a nurse and my tolerance for pain is not that good. whenever i have headaches or colds, she always insist that i will drink lots of water and have some rest. she is never dependent with medicines. but whenever it is needed, like the pain never goes away, that's the time that he or she will take some. i hope i am helpful in this discussion. cheers! =)
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20 Feb 09
Your Mum is talking a lot of sense. It isnt that good to be dependant on anything, never mind medcines....we should have a little of everything in moderation.
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@fren45 (898)
• Malaysia
19 Feb 09
supposedly I will get a nice hot cup of chocolate and a tiny little nap.
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20 Feb 09
Thank you for the suggestion although that isnt working for me this time.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
19 Feb 09
If you tried all those other things and nothing is working maybe you just need to sleep it away?
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
19 Feb 09
when i get a headache i get a kind of sinus related headache and if you are going to go to sleep i would suggest trying some nyquil that has worked for me in past but i would only take it if you are going to go to bed cause it will make you sleepy
19 Feb 09
Oh Yes! I have had those sinus headaches before. What usually happens is I wonder to myself...why have I got such a bad headache that wont go away!? And then after 4 or 5 days I can feel it just below my eyes and I think "AH ha!! THAT is why.....it is sinusitis!!" So....maybe it is that that I am getting again now!? It does give you such a terrible headace doesnt it?
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
19 Feb 09
yes i dont care for those too much i hope you can get rid of yours good luck
• Saudi Arabia
19 Feb 09
are you drunk last night? when is the last time you make sesseion with your buddies cheers or kampay will do sometimes.
@kreola23 (97)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Put pressure on your head when it hurts.. try tying a pantyhose or hankerchief tightly arounf your head. That what im doin whenever i have a bad headache. Motrin also helps and Excedrion. However if the headaches last for more than 4 hours or so.. you may want to go to your doctor. Getting your eyes checked is another option. In case it is a headache due to stress, cool air or whatever reason. Get some sleep in a dark room with no disturbance. Hope I helped!
19 Feb 09
Hello, Thanks for your suggestions. My eyes are fine....have got a new prescription and have my glasses on. And I have been sleeping all night but still wake up with this headache.....so I would like to know, what is Motrin and Excedrion? They sound as though they are just brand names for pain killers to me, yes?
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• Philippines
19 Feb 09
thats good to hear motrin and excedrin are pain killers.. :-)
20 Feb 09
Ahh ok....I havent heard of those brands. Thanks for that
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@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
19 Feb 09
i live in a place where hot and hunidity words are very common in the weather forcast...so most of the time people get exhausted if outside the home or office.so they have sometimes this headache problems here...most people take some tablets like paracetamol...when i have headache i drink a lot of water.after sometime i feel much better. if i am at home and have a headache with taking plenty of water i try a 1 hr of sleep...which is curing my by now...
20 Feb 09
Ooooh hot and humid....sounds just the thing to me actually. :-)) I love warm weather and you are so lucky to live in a place where the sun shines. But....I do know what you mean about the humidity causing headache....I have had that before when I have been on holiday. Thanks for the help :-))
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@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
20 Feb 09
i think temp and humidity causes a lot sweating...which causes the most headaches here...probably not where you are living...so water does help a lot in headache...
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Sorry you are not feeling well. Things that seem to help my headachs are, getting a warm wash cloth and laying it across my forhead in a cool room, and just relaxing.. that doesn't happen much but does help. Applying pressure to my temples for a few seconds, and then rubbing them seems to help as well. I do hope you feel better soon!
20 Feb 09
Thank you! I hope so too.....as I have been to sleep two nights now and its still there :-((
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@jimbo88 (231)
• Indonesia
19 Feb 09
When i have headache i always go to doctor and the doctor gives me any suggestion. My doctor gives me medicine rarely. He just gives me any advices. One of the good suggestion is to reduce eat any kind of meats. This is a simple factor why human can feel headache. It is caused when the blood has high level by meats. So if you want to reduce headache, eat more vegetables before the headache coming. Prevent is more good than taking care our health.
20 Feb 09
I appreciate your comments, however I dont entirely agree with them. I have a good diet....all our food is fresh and cooked at home. We dont buy any ready meals or processed food at all. Homecooked food is so much better for health than pre made dinners from the supermarket. I also avoid any chemicals of any kind......no sweeteners, no E numbers, no artificial colours or flavourings. But as humans, we need meat in our diets for our health. I cannot understand how removing a necessary ingredient from our diets can be beneficial in the long term. When you say "blood has high levels by meats" is it the Blood Pressure you are referring to? Blood Pressure problems are not caused by eating meat.....so Im not so sure what you mean, to be honest. As for going to the doctor every time I have a headache, I would be embarrassed to waste his time with that.
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@wuxian (11)
• China
19 Feb 09
in my opinion,you can try go to rest sometime,maybe you have a lot press just like me.So you have to think a lot.From now on, you must learn how to deal with your life.Then all the things will be better soon!!What do you think?
20 Feb 09
Ahhh you mean like worrying about things and causing tension for myself? No, its not that for me. Thank you anyway
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@iamfine (740)
• China
19 Feb 09
hi, I think the best thing to do when you have headache is go to have some sleep, relax yourself. I do this way. When I feel over oppressed, when there are too much work for me, when I met anything that I can not handle easily, I would feel headache, in this situation, I listen to some music, or sleep if allowed, sometimes i even ask for a leave, relax myself.. Why don't you have a try, get some better view!
20 Feb 09
You would think i would feel better after an all night sleep wouldnt you? But I tell you, this headache is stubborn! I sleep and then wake for a couple of hours, pop on here for 10 mins.....have a good drink because I dont want to get dehydrated and yet the headache is still there. Whahhh hahhhh!
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@forslahiri (1042)
• India
19 Feb 09
Hi, Atleast U know waht is causing Ur Headache(causative agent).Remove that(extra time ata stretch in front of screen), Ur headache will be gone.Hey,in 'Tension Headache"( as perur description,also said it is not Migrain)-it is ASPIRIN, not Paracetamol(better for fever) will work better. =Lahiri,Kolkata,India.
20 Feb 09
I dont know what is causing the headache...thats the trouble. And no.....no Asprin for me. I dont like asprin because it can cause stomach problems. Paracetamol is the best over the counter pain killer that can be bought and it also the best for fever. Paracetamol is the only pain killer that should be given to children too.
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@Lindery (854)
• Latvia
19 Feb 09
Sometimes a fresh air can make a headache go away. The best is to relax and have a little walk outside. If it isn't possible, open a window and have some fresh air. Drink a glass of water and look away pointing eyes nowhere, don't look closely to things like a book, computer and TV. If these things don't help, have a pill against a headache. Of course, a massage from a partner always helps!
20 Feb 09
Heehee....thats what Im working on but he is a little busy at the moment and I dont want to disturb him :)
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• United States
19 Feb 09
Get a warm , damp cloth and stick it on your head . thats one thing to try .
19 Feb 09
You know...Im going to try that because sometimes the simplest thing is the best!
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@NokiaN70 (42)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Even 2 Paracetamol will not relief your headache that so easily. I'd like to recommend you ADVIL. Fast and easy. After wards try to have a good sleep. Possible you have this kind of headache because you lack of sleep at the same time lack of food intake. I advised you to eat your meal first then followed by ADVIL. For sure after you've sleep. Then the next thing you new. Your feel great and better! Happy lotting!
19 Feb 09
Hello, Advil (which is a brand name) is ibuprofen and a different type of painkiller than paracetamol as it targets inflamation too. I cannot take Ibuprofen as I have a kidney problem. But....Paracetamol is the better painkiller as it concentrates on JUST pain, and not inflammation. Thank you for your suggestion though :-))
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• Singapore
19 Feb 09
well for headache, i usually just have th paracetamol and sleep. i think sleep is the best thing for headache. may be u just need rest. so go and sleep for sometime. well take rest and dont sit next to the comp. eat properly. have lotsa water also. it shud be fine. massage ofcourse wud be good. i knw
19 Feb 09
Hello, I slept well all night and still have a headache this morning...so i am on the lookout for the best remedy still!! Massage was not available to me last night though :-(( as Mr Tinker needed some sleep.
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@muru1950 (964)
• India
18 Feb 09
Hi littletinker, Headaches are very common and you shouldn't worry more about it.But you should understand that headaches are only symptoms and real problem can be something different.So you should consult a doctor,if you get it often. There are certain tips that you can try yourself. First if the headache is due to tension,put off the work,take sufficient rest. If it is due to eye strain,switch off the lights,take rest in a dark room.If you get frequent eye strain,check your eye sight. If the headache is due to stagnated air,go out for a fresh air. Apart from this,you can have a cup of hot coffee,apply some pain relief cream and give a gentle massage. Last but not the least you can have some paracetamol tablet. I avoid taking any tablets for headaches.I only use external applications such as Vicks vaporub,axe oil,tiger balm etc.. Happy mylotting
19 Feb 09
Hello, When you say pain relief cream....what is this? I have only ever seen cream as in Ibuprofen gel for rubbing into aches and pains and I wouldnt rub that into my neck or head because of the properties it contains for reducing swelling.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
18 Feb 09
That last sentence hit the nail on the head. A nice coupling is usually the perfect cure for a headache. Doctors recently verified this!
18 Feb 09
Well...I think that is where me and my partner should go now. Upstairs for a nice massage and a nap..... ......anything else I will leave to your imagination! lol
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
18 Feb 09
i have this stick of herbs that i got at a health food store and i rub it on my forehead when i get a headache. i get them quite often and its a non medicinal way to cure a headache. its really quite good. its called a migra stick.
18 Feb 09
That sounds as though it is worth a try for the future.....not now though as the shops are all closed :( Thanks for that tip
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