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what can i do against headaches?

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Created August 30, 2010 at 6:04 PM

have you a tip what i can do against headaches without chemestry things?

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on February 15, 2011
at 12:57 PM

Ali - I'm not sure the best way to describe them. They were "regular" headaches, for lack of a better way to put it. They were manageable with a couple Excedrin and they'd happen roughly 2-4 times per week. All my life I've also had severe migranes that happen only once every year or two. These are completely debilitating, agonizing, can't stand the light, must lay down with eyes closed kind of headaches that last for many (at least 5) hours. I'm now a little over a year paleo. I've had one or two "regular" headaches in that time, and zero migraines. Are they gone forever? I dunno.

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on February 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Aaron, what type of headaches did you get before paleo? Mine had disappeared, but seem to be making a comeback after ~6 months.

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on September 01, 2010
at 03:12 PM

I agree, to an extent. I was told Mg would help relax both my blood vessels and my muscles. But I supplemented with Mg and ate high-Mg foods for a year while I continued to have headaches. It was only when I learned how to relax my muscles themselves that I experienced some relief. I stopped supplementing with Mg with no problems.

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on September 01, 2010
at 03:09 PM

oh, yes, hot showers are definitely relieving! I believe this is due to the pressure and massaging effects of the water. Dave, I have often wondered if my eyestrain headaches are from my eyes themselves, or from squinting. I just don't know. Rolf, thanks. I hope it helps. Headaches were a very serious debilitating problem for me, and I count it as the greatest blessing in my life to have figured out how to mitigate them. Good luck to you. I support you infinitely, and I am sure that every one else here does, too.

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on September 01, 2010
at 12:45 PM

and cured meats. (At least, stop eating them long enough to see if they're the problem.)

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on August 31, 2010
at 11:31 AM

I suffer eyestrain/muscle tension headaches. I used to get migraines and vomit almost weekly as a teenager. All the previous advice is really good. I also find that a warm/hot shower and ice packs give some relief.

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on August 31, 2010
at 09:08 AM

hy stefani, wonderful tips. i'm suffering of borderline and i forget often to drink enough water. i'm on a good way to control my disease after a suicid attempt and i think after 2 weeks paleo my fettle is better. i hope to find here good tips. i have to give this is a wonderful page. greetings from germany

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on August 31, 2010
at 09:03 AM

at first i apologize my bad english! i do my first steps at paleo. and i feel to me well. my diet is not clean enough, i'm working on it.

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on August 31, 2010
at 07:47 AM

It's the withdrawal of caffeine addiction that causes severely painful headaches. That's why some people find it hard to quit caffeine.

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on August 30, 2010
at 08:57 PM

and sugar, and dairy.

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on August 30, 2010
at 07:24 PM

and vegetable oils

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on August 30, 2010
at 07:22 PM

Stop eating wheat products.

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C90eecdd76cf57a387095fa49de23807

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on August 31, 2010
at 07:30 AM

I also spent my entire life plagued by various kinds of headaches. The trick is to figure out what your triggers are. Whenever your head hurts, recall what you've eaten, how well you've slept, how stressed you are, whether you're dehydrated or not, and what your posture has been like. Once I eliminated the headaches I got from consuming foods I'm allergic to (primarily caffeine), I found that my head still hurt quite often. And then I realized that most of my headaches were tension headaches. And I've learned how to manage them! Here's how:

Tension headaches arise from simple muscle tension somewhere in our backs, shoulders, necks, jaw, or head muscles. People often get tension headaches when they're stressed because they're hunching their shoulders, clenching their jaw subconsciously, etc. And I've found that I get tension headaches from, in addition to stress, poor posture. So find out where your greatest pain is coming from. And then stretch it out. You can get someone to massage you, or massage yourself, or, as I said, do stretches. Find out what works for you! Whenever I start getting pangs now, or on days when I now I'm stressed, I just make sure to periodically relax and stretch my aching muscles. The stress from whatever spot is hurting us--whether in our jaws or our backs--extends up to the muscles around our heads, which is what exerts pressure on our skulls and makes them hurt. So if you relax those, the rest will follow.

That said, a good way to test if your headache is a tension headache is to rub your forehead for a minute (Even a second or two will do) and if it relieves some of your pain, then you know you have a muscle problem somewhere. The trick is only to figure out where and how to mitigate it.

Other things I get headaches from: bright lights, loud sounds, (both give me migraines), strained vision, sleep deprivation. I've also heard its possible to get headaches from high blood pressure.

Hope that helps!

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on August 31, 2010
at 11:31 AM

I suffer eyestrain/muscle tension headaches. I used to get migraines and vomit almost weekly as a teenager. All the previous advice is really good. I also find that a warm/hot shower and ice packs give some relief.

A47b3f3f957a2b5069543089b7bcc977

(25)

on August 31, 2010
at 09:08 AM

hy stefani, wonderful tips. i'm suffering of borderline and i forget often to drink enough water. i'm on a good way to control my disease after a suicid attempt and i think after 2 weeks paleo my fettle is better. i hope to find here good tips. i have to give this is a wonderful page. greetings from germany

C90eecdd76cf57a387095fa49de23807

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on September 01, 2010
at 03:09 PM

oh, yes, hot showers are definitely relieving! I believe this is due to the pressure and massaging effects of the water. Dave, I have often wondered if my eyestrain headaches are from my eyes themselves, or from squinting. I just don't know. Rolf, thanks. I hope it helps. Headaches were a very serious debilitating problem for me, and I count it as the greatest blessing in my life to have figured out how to mitigate them. Good luck to you. I support you infinitely, and I am sure that every one else here does, too.

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on August 30, 2010
at 07:04 PM

Depends upon what the source of the headache is... I used to have debilitating headaches that the neurologist could not solve. Eventually I stumbled upon the solution as mine were due to dehydration. When I started training for a marathon with a group the emphasis on water caused me to increase my hydration. Bingo, problem solved. I still get horrid headaches when I get dehydrated but it is easy to solve that problem. So, there is one easy thing to try.

Now for tension and eyestrain headaches, I will leave those to someone else to offer up suggestions.

I did forget to state the obvious that some others have added, go paleo if you are not already there.

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on August 31, 2010
at 03:36 PM

Headaches are often a sign of gluten triggers/inflammation and magnesium deficiency. Mag alone reduces the intensity and frequency of migraines/headaches by 50% compared to placebo in some clinical trials. Mag relaxes the endothelium of blood vessels.

C90eecdd76cf57a387095fa49de23807

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on September 01, 2010
at 03:12 PM

I agree, to an extent. I was told Mg would help relax both my blood vessels and my muscles. But I supplemented with Mg and ate high-Mg foods for a year while I continued to have headaches. It was only when I learned how to relax my muscles themselves that I experienced some relief. I stopped supplementing with Mg with no problems.

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on August 31, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Mine were always cued by either... ...drinking more water or... ...juming around (hurts but gets the blood flowing which eventually eases the pain).

What always made it worse: Lying down.

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on August 31, 2010
at 05:58 AM

Too much protein and not enough fat can sometimes be a problem. YOu didn't say if the headaches have always been there or if it's a recent thing. Also, caffeine can cause headaches, either too much or not enough if you are addicted and not meeting the needs of the addiction.

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on August 31, 2010
at 07:47 AM

It's the withdrawal of caffeine addiction that causes severely painful headaches. That's why some people find it hard to quit caffeine.

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on August 30, 2010
at 07:13 PM

I haven't had a single headache since going paleo (roughly 7 months now) - after years of regular (at least weekly) headaches.

How clean is your diet?

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on August 31, 2010
at 09:03 AM

at first i apologize my bad english! i do my first steps at paleo. and i feel to me well. my diet is not clean enough, i'm working on it.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on February 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Aaron, what type of headaches did you get before paleo? Mine had disappeared, but seem to be making a comeback after ~6 months.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on February 15, 2011
at 12:57 PM

Ali - I'm not sure the best way to describe them. They were "regular" headaches, for lack of a better way to put it. They were manageable with a couple Excedrin and they'd happen roughly 2-4 times per week. All my life I've also had severe migranes that happen only once every year or two. These are completely debilitating, agonizing, can't stand the light, must lay down with eyes closed kind of headaches that last for many (at least 5) hours. I'm now a little over a year paleo. I've had one or two "regular" headaches in that time, and zero migraines. Are they gone forever? I dunno.

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