Skipping Meals: Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to dip. In some people, this can trigger a massive headache before you even realize you’re hungry.
Solution: Eat nutritious foods regularly throughout the day. Opt for snacks that combine protein and whole grains, such as peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers. Veggies like celery or carrots are another good choice, especially with nuts.
When it comes to beverages, alcohol is the king of pain. Red wine, whiskey, beer, and champagne are the drinks blamed most often for a throbbing head.
Solution: Limit your intake of alcohol.
Lifting With the Back
A top source of back pain is lifting the wrong way. A common mistake is curving the back forward to grab an object, then straightening the back as you lift. This forces your back muscles to take the brunt of the burden. Twisting while you lift is another problem.
Solution: To lift properly, bend the knees and hips until you are squatting. Keep the back upright. Grab the object and lift with your leg muscles by straightening your knees and hips.
If you spend many hours a day at your desk or workstation, give some thought to the setup. A poorly positioned chair can cause you to slouch forward, straining the back and neck. A monitor that’s too low or too high will also strain the neck.
Solution: Place your monitor with the top of the screen at eye level. Position your chair so that you are sitting straight with your feet on the floor. Use a cushion to support the lower back if needed.
Headaches that are centered behind the eyebrows may be due to eyestrain. Eyestrain may occur when you have uncorrected vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. It can also come from staring at a computer screen without taking breaks.
Solution: Schedule an eye exam to see whether you need corrective lenses. If you already wear glasses, it may be time for a new prescription.
People have long claimed that changes in the weather can trigger headaches. In particular, when the temperature rises, some people may be more likely to get migraines and other severe headaches.
Solution: Since you can’t control the weather, just be aware of which changes bring on your headaches. That way, you can be ready for it.
Weekend Warrior Syndrome
You’re a weekend warrior if you’re sedentary all week but dive into sports and exercise on Saturday and Sunday. The sudden burst of activity catches the muscles unprepared, making them vulnerable to strains.
Solution: Start with 5-10 minutes of walking or another gentle exercise and stretch after your workout, when muscles are warm. During the week, take a few minutes to train the muscles you’ll be using during your weekend activities.
Pain Trigger: Shoulder Rides
It’s classic family fun: A parent walking along with a delighted child enjoying a shoulder ride. But lifting kids overhead is a common source of neck and shoulder pain.
Solution: Instead of lifting your child from the ground, sit on a couch or bench. Encourage your child to climb carefully onto your shoulders.
Grinding Your Teeth
A sore jaw combined with a dull headache could mean you’re grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. If you’re a chronic grinder, pain isn’t the only concern. You could end up damaging your teeth, your jaw, and even your hearing.
Solution: See your dentist. He or she can provide a mouth guard that will protect your teeth during sleep.
The sex headache is no old wives’ tale. Sex can increase blood pressure and muscle tension in the head and neck, causing a dull or pounding headache. Men get them more often than women do.
Solution: These headaches usually respond well to pain relievers. But check with your doctor to make sure your headaches aren’t a sign of a more serious condition. And if you have a sudden onset of the “worst headache you ever had,” get to the emergency room because it could be a stroke.
Stress contributes to a vast array of aches and pains. Many people tighten the back muscles when anxious, leading to chronic back pain. Most tension headaches stem from stress. And stress may play a role in teeth grinding, leading to jaw pain.
Solution: Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga.
When to See the Doctor About Pain
Seek immediate medical attention if you have:
A severe headache and/or stiff neck
Pain-related to an injury
Pain accompanied by weakness or numbness
Abdominal pain with fever or vomiting
Any chronic pain should also be evaluated by a doctor, especially if it interferes with work, hobbies or sleep 🙂 🙂