Manage stress to get fewer headaches.

headacheFamily physicians most commonly see tension headaches. Usually not serious.

How would you describe your headaches?

  • Infrequent ~ less than one day a month
  • Frequent ~ 1-14 days a month
  • Chronic ~ 15 or more days a month

Stress, depression and anxiety can lead to tension headaches.

You’re more likely to get tension headaches if you work too much, don’t get enough sleep, miss meals or use alcohol.

Breathing correctly can help.

Other common types of headaches include migraines, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.

What you can do at home:

Most people can feel better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and taking pain relievers.

Relax your shoulder muscles, neck, scalp and jaw.

Twelve to 16 percent of the population suffers from migraine headaches. Migraines affect the patient’s quality of life and society’s bottom line in lost work and school days each year.

Women suffer more tension and migraine headaches.

Relatively uncommon, cluster headaches affect men more. An episodic cluster headache attacks daily ~ one to eight times a day for weeks before it stops. The chronic cluster doesn’t stop for any sustained period of time.

Serious headaches

Although not common, headaches can signal a more serious disorder. Let your health care provider know if you have sudden, severe headaches.

Get medical help right away if you have a headache after a blow to your head, or if you have a headache along with vision loss, seizure, a stiff neck, fever, confusion, loss of consciousness or pain in your eye or ear.

Keep a diary for a couple weeks of what your headaches are like to help your doctor diagnose them. Where do you feel the pain? When? For how long?

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

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