Avoid Common Headache
Avoid the following common headache triggers: strong perfume,
noisy environment, bright light, caffeine, chewing gum, high
sodium intake, skipping meals, hot dogs or any cured meats
containing nitrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG), chocolate,
nuts, liquor and aged cheeses. (The tyramine in chocolate,
nuts, liquor and cheeses is the culprit).
Exercise and Headaches
If you have a mild tension headache, exercise will probably
relieve it. If your headache is more severe, don't exercise.
The pain will worsen.
High Altitudes and
Take Vitamin C and aspirin before your next trip to a higher
altitude if approved by your doctor. Take 3,000 milligrams of
Vitamin C and two aspirins the day before and each day during
the trip to prevent headaches.
Pain Medications for
Take a pain reliever such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol),
naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin) at the first
sign of a headache or it most likely won't alleviate the pain.
Self-massage and acupressure can help end a headache.
Two key acupressure/massage points are the bony ridges at the
back of the neck and the web between the thumb and forefinger.
Apply pressure until you feel pain.
Sleep a Headache Away
Sleep can often alleviate a headache, but don't sleep in an
awkward position or on your stomach because it may tighten
your neck muscles and trigger a headache. Try sleeping on your
Wear a Headband
Wear a headband or tie a scarf around your head to end
headache pain. It decreases blood flow to the scalp and
lessens the pounding.