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From Dr. Joel Fehrman, M.D.

Banish Headaches

Headaches are our countryís number one pain problem and are one of the most common reasons why patients visit physicians. The National Headache Foundation says 45 million Americans suffer from chronic recurring headaches. A recent study has shown that migraine affects 17.6 percent of women and 5.7 percent of men in the United States. If you regularly suffer from headaches that make you feel as if your head were clamped in a vise, you are not alone. Headaches, including the migraine type, are so widespread that many people consider them a normal occurrence of human existence.

There are two types of headaches: (1) tension, and (2) migraine. The tension type or muscle-contraction headache is generally less severe than a migraine. They are both experienced after stressful periods have ended and the body attempts to repair and detoxify. The pain of a migraine usually occurs in the front of the head and is often centered on an eye. It is typically accompanied by visual and gastrointestinal disturbances. Essentially, migraines are severe pulsating, or throbbing, headaches, associated with nausea, dizziness, and visual auras, such as flashing lights, zigzag lines, and blind spots.

Headaches can take a terrible toll on a personís life. They can affect a childís education, cause people to lose their jobs, create stress in family relationships, and create a feeling of hopelessness about life. Recurrent headaches and migraine headaches can lead to depression and the use of medications to treat the pain can cause serious side effects.

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