Headache or pain in any part of the head is one of the most common reasons for people to seek medical help. The causes of headaches range from serious ones like meningitis, intracranial tumor or bleeding etc, to benign causes like tension headache, migraine, sinusitis, eyestrain. Serious causes of headaches are rare. Any new onset, persistent or severe headache should be medically investigated to rule out anything serious. The most common type of headaches that I tend to see in general practice are:
Migraines: Is a chronic, recurrent headache of moderate to severe intensity. There can be sensitivity to light, noise and smell, nausea during the attacks. Some patients may have aura’s (symptoms indicating you are going to have a headache soon). Some migraine triggering factors have been identified like lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, skipping meals, certain foods like red wine, chocolate etc. The triggers vary with each individual.
Cluster Headaches: Causes severe pain on one side of the head, usually around one eye and the temple. The pain tends to subside on its own within an hour. Attacks come on at the same time each day.
Tension Headaches: Usually caused by tension/tightness in the neck, scalp and shoulder muscles. This tightness of muscles could be from anxiety, stress or depression. There is a generalized pain all over the head, or a feeling of a tight band squeezing the head.
Sinus Headaches: Felt in the forehead or cheek bones caused by sinus infections or allergies.
Headache is one of the leading causes for absenteeism from school and work. A lot of people suffer frequently with chronic headaches, often having to put their life on hold during the attacks. Many try different conventional treatments and learn to manage the headaches, without being able to eliminate it. Homeopathy helps to alleviate headache symptoms significantly when we are able to identify what is unique about you as an individual, and what is unique about your headache symptoms. I will try to understand the triggers- what are the conditions which make your headache worse (or reduce it), the nature of the pain, associated symptoms etc before I decide on the right constitutional remedy for you. Many times headaches are caused due to stresses in life and anxiety, which are considered by me for customizing the treatment for you. Homeopathy is a safe and natural alternative therapy.