The Headache

Comes in many forms.

The simple headache is really far from simple. To start with, it comes in many forms. Most of us have experienced this. It may be a dull and constant ache, or come in throbbing spasms. It may be a general pain with no obvious centre, or have a specific point of focus. And if it has a point of focus, this can be anywhere from the forehead to the back of the neck

Many causes

Just as there are many kinds of headache, there are also many causes. Some are obvious and temporary, such as exposure to noise, eyestrain, travel motion, stress, over-concentration (as in exam study), excess alcohol consumption or - most common of all - dehydration. In fact, these causes probably account for the vast majority of headaches.

A warning signal

But like other forms of pain, a headache can also be a signal that something else is wrong. It is often a symptom of illness - for example, combined with a fever it is an indicator of flu. We learn to recognise this kind of headache from experience, and again we know that it does not indicate a serious medical problem. In some cases, however, a persistent or recurrent headache may be a symptom of something more serious, and a signal that we need medical attention.

Migraines

A form of chronic headache that is common but still not fully understood is the migraine. We don't know exactly what causes it or why some people (mainly women) get it and others don't. For some migraine sufferers, few forms of relief seem to have any effect.

The Palovin approach

Palovin is formulated to address a wide range of headaches, and contains ingredients that have even been found effective by some with migraines. But, like other medications it does not remove the underlying problem. So it's worthwhile to also try to understand what the causes may be.

Common causes of headache

As we saw earlier, pain is often a signal from the body that it wants us to take action, in two ways. First, to remove the immediate cause, and second, to try to avoid it in future. Often the cause is very simple and we are likely to know it already

Dehydration

This is probably the commonest single cause of headaches. The body requires adequate intake of fluids, and water is best (not coffee, alcohol or even fruit juice). We often overlook this. And it's even more important if we're in situations where the air is dehydrated (air conditioning, or flying in airliners), or we need an extra fluid intake (physical exertion, high temperatures, illness). And if we're drinking alcohol in more than minor amounts, water is essential with it and afterwards. But we don't recommend the practice of sipping from a plastic bottle every few minutes. It's unnatural and unnecessary, and may create a demand habit for the body that becomes difficult to satisfy in some situations.

Sensory strain

Headaches can often result from strain associated with the eyes or ears. Exposure to extremely bright light, flashing lights or constant moving images (watching movies or TV, or looking from a moving car or train) can induce headaches, often accompanied by nausea or a zombie-like feeling. Even concentrated reading or focusing on a computer screen for extended periods can cause headaches. We need to take breaks every few minutes, allowing our eyes to roam freely and relax. (We should really stand up, move around and stretch, for other physical reasons as well.) And for many of us, it's vital to use appropriate reading glasses. Exposure to excess noise can also trigger headaches, especially if it is high-pitched or vibrational. In noisy situations it's often advisable to wear earmuffs or some other form of anti-noise device such as the hi-tech noise reducing headphones used by some airline passengers.

Stress and tension

Headache is frequently a symptom of stress and anxiety. We are also more likely to get headaches from other causes if we are in a stressed state to start with. It's often hard to avoid the cause of stress, whether it be in the workplace or due to personal reasons, but we should try. After all, worrying and anxiety don't serve much purpose. If you find yourself worrying, try to switch your thoughts to something positive and agreeable.

Alcohol

For many, the word headache means hangover. Alcohol is a poison and the body reacts adversely if it is taken in more than very moderate amounts. The headache is only part of the story, nothing compared to what the alcohol is doing to our internal organs. It's a warning that the body doesn't want to be treated this way, and also that it needs water to flush the alcohol through our system. The simple rule is to drink alcohol moderately, and drink plenty of water during and after alcohol consumption, including just before going to bed.

Ailments

We stress again, headache is often a symptom of being unwell. It may be a short-term illness such as a cold or flu. But if you suffer from headaches often, medical advice is essential

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