Although I rarely get headaches (sound of me knocking on wood), I know a lot of folks do, so I thought this little rundown from WebMD might help. It is a 15 question quiz that will show you how much you don’t know about headaches and also give you some valuable tips on relief.
If you are going to take the quiz, read no further as these are spoilers. If you don’t have the time or inclination to take the quiz, here are some tips on handling a headache.
Besides head pain, sinus headaches also cause, “…nasal discharge, congestion, postnasal drip, and a sore throat. You can often treat a sinus headache with over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Motrin IB, or Tylenol. A warm shower might help with congestion, too.
“If you get a fever, too, that may mean you have a sinus infection. See your doctor if your fever doesn’t improve after a few days,” according to WebMD.
This was a surprise to me, taking headache medication a lot can sometimes cause headaches. WebMD calls them rebound headaches and they result from the medication wearing off.
The old idea of resting in a dark room works. WebMD suggests also, relaxing tension in neck, shoulder and back. Use a heating pad or ice pack where it hurts. Gently massage your temples or neck and finally take a soothing warm shower.
I think their most important tip was to get help right away if your legs or arms are tingling when you get a headache.
“Sometimes headaches can be warning signs, telling you that something serious is going on in your body. Get medical help right away if, for example, you have a:
• Sudden, severe headache along with a stiff neck and vomiting — it could be symptoms of meningitis or bleeding in your brain.
• Headache after recently having been hit on the head — it could be a sign of a concussion.
• Headache accompanied by numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, or confusion — these may be signs of a stroke.”
I actually got 11 out of 15 on the quiz. You?