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Headache and coffee

by Dr Athira

Do You Know Why You Got Headache When You Skip Your Regular Cup Of Coffee?

headache and coffeeThe reason for getting headache on withdrawal of caffeine is mostly due to a toxic vascular headache. Headache could be of many other reasons too. Apart from eye disorders, glaucoma, and cluster headaches there are toxic vascular headaches, tension headaches and migraine headaches.

Toxic Vascular Headaches

In simple terms this aching pain of variable severity is due to dilatation of arteries inside the skull, which could be due to fever or due to poisonous substances like carbon monoxide or it could be due to hypoxia. It is also seen associated with drug withdrawal symptoms.

We cannot really map the exact location of this headache.

The course of headache and its onset are usually associated with the cause.

Tension Headaches

As the name refers tension headaches are due to stress and tension. It could be a sustained muscular tension.  A person who is caught in heavy traffic, driving under hot sun, typing for long …. Hours all are susceptible to get tension headaches. Emotional stress and tension could also be a factor.

Tension headaches are gradual in onset.

Now to say about the nature of the headache, it is seen on both sides of the head. The pain is mostly seen in the entire forehead region, back of the head. The patient may complain of a stiff or an aching neck.  The pain could be a mild aching pain. In some cases, patients do say that they feel a sort of tightness or pressure, rather than a painful condition.

The peculiarity of this headache is that it stays for long hours and is recurrent.

Ways to deal with tension headaches

  1. Do loosening exercises and cooling Pranayama in the morning
  2. Ensure that at least 10 to 12 glasses of water should be taken a day.
  3. Develop a hobby.
  4. Take massages.
  5. Listening to soft music.
  6. Take a piece of cheese or a chocolate.
  7. Go for cold chocolate drinks or fresh juices or milkshakes.
  8. Reflexology and acupressure could also be taken from a known hand.
  9. Do balancing Naadisudhi Pranayama in the evening. It should be followed by a 15 to 30 minutes of meditation.
  10. Take a tight sleep.
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