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Self Treatment For Headaches

Gabriel Santos - Friday, October 10, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Should I Treat My Own Headaches?

Headaches can range in severity from a mild pain behind the eyes to a debilitating headache that lasts for days and knocks you off your feet. 

The first thing most headache sufferers do is reach for their usual medication. This could be in the form of headache pills, perhaps just a glass of water or a relaxing massage. The trick is finding the one remedy that works for you and then sticking with it. However, this can sometimes be like looking for a needle in a haystack. 

At Miami Headache Institute, we know that all headaches affect sufferers differently and that’s why, different remedies are called for. Here are a few treatments that you can use yourself to give yourself some relief from pain. 

Effective Self-Help Headache Remedies You Can Try

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Painkillers are by far the most effective and popular headache remedies. They are easy to come by, work quickly in most cases and are very simple to take, no matter where you are. However, caution should be taken when it comes to dosage and frequency of use. Many people don’t realize that painkillers can start to become ineffective if they are taken too frequently. 

    Find A Cool, Dark and Quiet Area

    Light can really make a headache worse, so it’s a good idea to find a quiet and dark area where you can relax and work on making yourself feel better, either with pain relief or without. In fact, you may find that your natural instincts cause you to seek out this type of environment. 

    Stay Hydrated

    When we are dehydrated, one of the common symptoms is a headache. In fact, a headache can be one of the first signs that your body needs hydration. A cool glass of water can be all that is required to take the edge off your headache and even relieve it completely. 

    Temple and Neck Massage

    Massaging your temples and around the base of your neck can work wonders for relieving headaches. You might also want to try a little acupressure. By pinching the fleshy area between your forefinger and your thumb and applying pressure, you should feel a little relief from your headache

    Specialist Help for Headaches

    Of course, while these self-help treatments are very effective for some people, you might find that they don’t work as well for you. The good news is that the headache experts at Miami Headache Institute are here to help. We tailor our treatment plans to suit your exact symptoms - treatments that target the onset of pain as well as relief. 

    When you experience frequent headaches, it can be very easy to reach for the medication and keep taking it until your headache eventually passes. The problem with taking medication in the long term is that it can start to have a negative effect on your body and even stop working completely. If this sounds like a problem you are experiencing, or you would like a specialist diagnosis for your headaches, we are here to help. 

    Speak to us today and find the right headache treatments to suit your exact requirements. Call us at 305.440.5969 or use our contact form to book a consultation.

    Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas.  Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.

    Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.


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