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Do you feel like your head is extremely heavy?

And are you seeing lights only in  your right eye with incessant throbbing like a drum in your brain?

No, are not being possessed!
It is the dreaded Migraine.

How do you exorcised a migraine?
First, get to know your demons.
The various headaches.

Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head causing pressure and aching. Getting to know the pain metre, location of pain and its duration will help identify the types of headache you are experiencing and tailormade its solution.

Tension headaches

Tension headache is the most common type.
Pain metre: mild to severe
Where: usually occur on both sides of your head.
Areas of headache: forehead, temples, back of the neck.
Pain duration? 30 minutes to a week.
Triggers? Stress, anxiety, muscle strain

Cluster headaches

Pain metre: severe
Where: on one side of the headPain type: pain come in clusters, which means that you experience cycles of headache attacks, followed by headache-free periods

Sinus headaches

So not be confused with the migraine.
Type: co-occurs with sinus infection. You will have symptoms like fever,  cough, stuffy nose, congestion and experience facial pressure.
Get rid of that headache by:
Hydrating. Chronic dehydration can cause headaches ranging from headaches of few minutes to a marathon 3 hours, and even the day after heavy-head feeling.


Temperature therapy. Apply cold  pack on your forehead if you have migraine and hot  compresses to your head and neck if you have a tension and sinus headache.

For migraines, stay in a quiet, cool, dark room. Avoid cheese, coffee and caffeinated beverages and spicy food. Turn off the lights as migraines sufferers are hyperly sensitive to lights and sounds.

Pressure point therapy. L1-4 Hegu is the space between the base of your thumb and index finger. Use your right thumb and index finger , find the space between your left hand between the base of your left thumb and index finger. Put circular motion pressure on this point and breathe deeply. Practice 5 minutes per time.

Deep belly breathing practised regularly at least 2-3 times daily helps in lowering the acidity in your blood. This helps alleviate headaches.

Stress management. Tackle your worries and do not let it gnaw at your subconscious.

Sleep adequately. Get 7-9 hours of restful sleep if you are 25 years old and above.

Preparations for a good restful night sleep:
  • Drink a glass of hot milk and eat a small banana 1-2 hours before bedtime. The serotonin released from consuming this healthful duo,  will calm you and prime you for sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine in the evenings,  as it intensifies your heart rate and increase your excitability.  Overdose of caffeine ie. 5 cups and more  will not put your body in a restful and relaxed mode. 
  • Take some ginger in your tea. 
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Dr Dee Dee Mahmood (PhD)is the Regional Head of the Regional Alumni Ambassador Network & Associate Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia.  She is also the Vice President of Wellness & Health Research at International Walking Football Federation and Director of International Development & Research of the Federation of International Walking Football Associations. This multi award winning TEDx Speaker, Celebrity Exercise Physiologist,  Nutritionist  and Talk Show Host  is  celebrated for her numerous community health initiatives, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football4Health Asia.  Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok & Norwegian Seafood Council, she conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally.   

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