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Do painkillers cause headaches?

Do painkillers cause headaches?

The national health watchdog, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has warned that taking too many pain killers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen can make the brain more sensitive to pain. This results in the sufferer being more prone to headaches! So the tablets that are supposed to be treating your headache can actually cause further headaches. So do painkillers cause headaches? The news gets worse: People often get into a vicious cycle…as the headaches get worse, they take more painkillers and the pain becomes even more debilitating. The good news is that there are complementary treatments for headaches that don’t have these side effects. The NHS spends over £470million on painkiller prescriptions that contain paracetamol, aspirin, codeine or ibuprofen. Not all of these prescriptions are for headaches, as these drugs are used to treat general pain too. These painkillers are also sold over the counter, and heavily marketed for treating headaches and migraines. Apart from causing “rebound” headaches, painkillers that contain codeine can be addictive, and should only be taken for a maximum of three days. Professor Martin Underwood who helped draw up the guidelines, said “We have effective treatments for common headache types. However, taking these medicines for more than ten or 15 days a month can cause medication overuse headache, which is a disabling and preventable disorder.” He continued to explain the side effects, “Patients with frequent tension-type headaches or migraines can get themselves into a vicious cycle, where their headaches are getting increasingly worse, so they take more medication which makes their pain even worse as they take more medication.” Dr Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE said that too many people were not being given a correct diagnosis by their doctors. Headaches can be treated with various complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy and relaxation techniques. Nutritional supplements can also help to treat headaches and migraines. Chronic headaches or headaches lasting a few days with no improvement need further investigation by a doctor. We hope you found our article “do painkillers cause headaches” useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Top 4 Natural Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

Top 4 Natural Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

According to the NHS figures, over 15 percent of all people in the UK, suffer from migraine headaches.  Migraines affect one in four women and one in 12 men in the UK. With so many people suffering, the natural health professionals have developed and use a few natural treatment methods to help people cope and get rid of their migraines and headaches. The amount of pain that people experience, coupled with the side effects of pharmaceuticals, lead most people that are interested in natural health to seek these natural remedies. Here are the top 4 natural remedies for headaches and migraines: 1. Identify and remove food allergies (even mild intolerances) from your diet The main cause of headaches and migraines by far is through food intolerances, especially when people are unaware that they are affected aside from the headache. According to the research, about 1 in 5 people experience food intolerance that cause, headaches and migraines, on a regular basis. Getting a lab analysis of your blood can help determine your slight allergies and then you can eliminate them from your diet. 2. Make sure you are getting enough magnesium Being deficient in magnesium is linked with having migraines and headaches. By simply supplementing with magnesium as a natural treatment can reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. 3. Try some massage Often trauma causes the body to adapt in a way that causes migraines and headaches and a great way to reverse this is through massage techniques such as Active Release Therapy. Combining this with other natural treatments can have a synergistic effect and improve your relief. 4. Supplement with CoQ10 In a few studies, they found that people that suffer from migraines and headaches can benefit from taking as little as 100 mg of CoQ10 a day. While the CoQ10 may not eliminate the pain completely, it has been shown to greatly reduce the frequency and severity of the pain. Using these 4 natural remedies, either alone or all together, can improve your wellbeing. Working with a natural health professional can ensure that you get the most benefit from all of these natural treatments, and get lasting relief from your migraines and...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Headaches

Homeopathy is a safe and effective form of complementary medicine and homeopathic remedies can be taken safely by anyone from newborn babies through to the elderly, without any complications. There are no risks of poisoning or overdosing with homeopathic remedies, as there are with conventional headache tablets. There is also no risk of a build up or tolerance to the homeopathic remedies for headaches. There are many different causes of headaches and the most common type of headache is Tension Headache which is caused by stress, fatigue, alcohol or smoking. Tension Headaches can also occur in women before and after periods. Recurring headaches could be a sign of an underlying health condition, so it is recommended to see your G.P. The remedies below may help to treat acute headaches, but it is advisable to consult a professional Homeopath in order to get a complete cure and prevent the headaches. The Homeopath will investigate any possible trigger factors, diet and any possible emotional causes during the consultation. These remedies should be taken every 30mins for up to six doses then three times a day for up to 3 days and in the 30c potency. These are just a few of the many homeopathic remedies that can be used to treat headaches. Belladonna is a natural remedy for intense headaches that start suddenly with a throbbing pain. The symptoms are generally worse for noise, light or movement. Bryonia should be taken if the headache started from stress or from being angry. The head may feel bruised and the person may have a bursting or stitching pain. A key indication of this remedy is that the headache will be worse for any movement and that the person will be very thirsty. Iris Versicolor is an effective homeopathic remedy that starts after a period of stress, for e.g. on a weekend after a busy week. These headaches are usually right sided and can cause nausea and vomiting. The headaches are worse for lying and rest (opposite to Belladonna and Bryonia). Nat Mur should be taken for headaches that are caused by the sunlight and affect the forehead with a throbbing, hammering or bursting pain. The person may also be more thirsty than normal....

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