Hydration: It Could Be Your Cure to Migraines

For any migraine sufferer, the summer is the worst.  Oppressive heat and temperature spikes have long been thought to cause worse attacks on any chronic headache victim.  But, new studies show that there is an easy step to prevent this, staying properly hydrated.

A migraine is a very common, but very severe headache.  It is normally accompanied with other symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light.  The headache can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours and can be fairly debilitating.  Most people have some sort of signal that the migraine will be coming and thus are able to hopefully prevent it.  Migraines are about three times more common in women than they are in men.

Dehydration causes blood volume to drop, which leads to less blood and oxygen flow to the brain.  Some experts believe that this large loss of electrolytes to the brain causes a pain trigger, thus creating a headache.  A migraine sufferer may simply be more prone to the effects of dehydration.

A study was done with two groups in which one took placebo pills and the other was asked to increase their water intake.  At the end of the study it was shown that those who increased their water intake had 21 hours less pain a week than those taking the placebo pill.

So, even though the summer may be over and the heat may go away it is still very important to hydrate!


Headaches and Your Eyes

Headaches can be detrimental to one’s day, so it is important to find out what could be causing them.  If you are having migraines or constant headaches going to see a doctor is recommended.  Sometimes your eyes may cause your headaches.

Frontal headaches, ones that feel like they are on the front forehead and behind the eyes are normally vision elated.  Sometimes it can be caused by sinus pressure, but if you notice these headaches when doing very close work it most likely vision related.  Simple reading glasses can alleviate this problem.

Headaches that occur in the back of the head, or the occipital area, and neck can be caused by a few problems such as posture.  They can be eye related if they come mainly while seated at a desk and could have to do with the work you are doing.  If you work a lot a computer and notice these headaches, or if you work with small type these headaches are definitely vision related.

The temporal headaches that occur near your temples are normally caused by stress.  These come when one is under a lot of pressure because many people tend to clench their jaw and tense up.  If under a lot of stress try to be conscious of tensing your muscles and jaw.  Remember to relax!

The last type of headache, which is really terrible, is the migraine.  Migraine can be caused by many factors such as diet, caffeine, and exercise.  If you are having visual symptoms such as flashing lights you should see both an eye doctor and a physician.

If you are having constant headaches seeing both an eye doctor and a physician is recommended.