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Is it just a headache?

Headaches are one of the most common health problems worldwide – in fact 1 in 20 adults has a headache nearly every day. Sometimes headaches can be minor and resolve within an hour while others develop into debilitating serious headaches called migraines.

So how can you tell the difference?

Headaches are uncomfortable, but migraines often make you feel incapable of doing your normal activities due to the pain.

Some signs of a migraine include:

·         A headache that is moderate or severe intensity, one-sided, feels pulsating, aggravated by physical activity, lasts hours or days

·         Nausea

·         Occurs anywhere between once a year to once a week

Here are some tips to reduce the likelihood of getting a headache:

·         Aim for at least six to eight hours of sleep per night

·         Reduce tension and stress in your life

·         Exercise regularly

·         Do not smoke

·         Drink plenty of water, about eight 8-oz. glasses per day

·         Stretch your neck and upper body a couple times a day, especially if you work at a desk

·         Avoid drinking more than two 8-oz. cups of coffee per day. 

See your doctor if your headache does not resolve with over-the-counter painkillers, or if your headache is:

·         New or different, or feels like “the worst of your life”

·         Severe and localized in one eye

·         Accompanied by paralysis, loss of balance numbness or tingling

·         Associated with fever, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting

·         Associated with a seizure, head trauma or loss of consciousness

·         Accompanied by changes in vision, speech or behavior


Need a neurologist? You can trust the brain and spine experts at Adventist HealthCare to offer you state-of-the-art neurological care close to home.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose

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