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Beta Blockers Are Heart Medications But Are Also Prescribed For Anxiety    

They Deal With The Physical Effects Of Anxiety, Such As Rapid Heartbeat Upset Stomach, Headache, And Low Blood Pressure    

Beta blockers are medications for cardiovascular conditions. However, according to specialists, they can also help with the physical symptoms of anxiety. These medications are usually prescribed to patients with cardiovascular problems, such as abnormal heart rhythms, chest pain, and low blood pressure, blocking the beta receptors on the heart in order to slow down the number and intensity of beats. Even though this is a medication for cardiovascular problems, it is also useful for anxiety, because some of its physical symptoms are similar, such as headaches, rapid heartbeats, muscle tension, shakiness, sweating, upset stomach, and nausea, among others. The most common beta blocker is propranolol, but cannot be prescribed for long-term treatment of anxiety. According to specialists, the medication should be taken on an as-needed basis if there is an imminent anxiety situation, such as a presentation, a job interview, a speech, a college test, of a social situation. For long-term treatments, there are medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that act as antidepressants, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) that work as both an antidepressant and pain reliever. These medications increase the level of serotonin production (also called the happiness hormone) and norepinephrine, a hormone that controls the heart rate in the body. More info click here.


Drug-Free Migraine Treatments Proved To Reduce Symptoms By 50% And Are Less Costly    

However, Patients Failed To Take Them Due To Time Availability, Insurance Coverage, And Skepticism About Its Effectiveness    

Migraine treatment is usually based on drugs which act on the migraine symptoms when an episode has already begun. Other drugs recently approved are oriented toward preventing migraines. However, besides their beneficial effects, drugs have also side effects. There are migraine therapies that don’t involve drugs, such as stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and biofeedback, which, according to studies, have proven to reduce migraine symptoms by 50%. Drug-free treatments are less costly than medications and have long-term benefits. However, patients are skeptical about these treatments, even if they are less expensive and cut migraine symptoms by half. According to the study, the reasons were time availability, insurance coverage, and doubts about its effectiveness. Click here for more information.


Botox Can Also Be Used For Treating Headaches And Migraines    

Besides Cosmetic Treatments, It Can Also Be Used For Crossed Eyes, Eyelid Spasms, And Excessive Sweating, Among Others    

Botox is usually associated with cosmetic treatments and elimination of wrinkles. However, it has many other uses, due to its capacity to paralyze muscles. One of them is treatments for headaches and migraines. Some of the symptoms of these conditions are nausea, sensitivity to light and pain in the head, which can be caused by pain in the scalp muscles. These can be relaxed by injecting botox in the temples on the back of the neck, and at the base of the head. Also, many people frown involuntarily, which contributes to tension headaches. This can be alleviated by injecting botox between the eyebrows, also known as the glabellar area. It can also treat several issues related to eyesight, such as crossed eyes, or strabismus. This condition can be corrected by surgery, but some doctors prefer to inject botox to relax the muscles and see how the uncrossed eye will look. Another eye condition is thyroid eye disease, in which the eyelids are tightened due to hyperthyroidism, giving a look of retracted or bulging eyes. Patients also have difficulty lowering their eyelids completely, which fails to protect the surface of the eye and to moisturize it. The tightened eyelid muscles can be relaxed with Botox. In addition, another eye-related condition is eyelid spasms, also known as blepharospasms, in which there is a loss of control of the ability to communicate with the basal ganglia, an area of the brain responsible for controlling eye movements. This causes to have uncontrollable spasms or droopy eyelids. Botox blocks the communication between the nerves and the muscles, preventing the spams. Other uses of Botox are excessive sweating and drooping, among others. Check all the conditions that can be treated with botox. Additional details click here.


New Drugs For Migraines Will Prevent Them And Require A Monthly Injection    

Actual Drugs Treat The Symptoms Of Migraine, Such As Headaches, And Can Have Uncomfortable Side Effects.    

Migraine treatments are oriented to reducing the symptoms of migraine and other conditions derived from it, such as seizures or depression, but can have side effects such as speech and memory problems. The first drug to prevent migraine, called Aimovig was released a few months ago. There is a similar drug that will be approved shortly, called Emgality. Both drugs are injected once a month and can significantly reduce the number of migraines attacks per month. Studies reported that Emgality had 15 percent of patients had 100 percent pain relief. These new drugs for migraine prevention can also have side effects, such as cramps and constipation, and also injection site pain. More Information click here.


Symptoms Of Heat Stroke Can Be Confused With Other Health Conditions    

Among Them Are Headaches And Migraine, Hypertension, And Gastrointestinal Issues    

Heat strokes happen when the body gets so hot that it cannot be able to regulate its own temperature. If not treated, it can turn into a harmful condition. However, its symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions. One of them is a strong headache, caused by excessive dehydration. It must be treated drinking water to rehydrate the body, not taking a painkiller. Dehydration caused by heat stroke can also cause nausea, which can be confused with a gastrointestinal condition. Another symptom is heat stroke is a rapid heartbeat, also known as tachycardia, which can be confused with high blood pressure. What is really happening is that the heart is failing due to heat stroke. Additional symptoms are a sensation of fainting and dizziness, which can be confused with loss of balance, and even passing out, which is a consequence of heat exhaustion. Check all the heat stroke symptoms. Click here for more details.


Prevalence Of Migraine In Women Over Men Could Have A Hormonal Cause    

Prolactin Makes More Sensitive The Trigeminal Nerve, Which Is Related To Headaches    

According to studies, migraine attacks more women than men. Researchers believe that it is related to sex hormones affect the cells around the trigeminal nerve, which is related to headaches, and the blood vessels in the head. Also, estrogens make these cells more sensitive to migraine triggers. Another cause that explains the prevalence of migraines among women is that testosterone seems to protect against migraines, decreasing cell sensitivity in the trigeminal nerve, while prolactin worsens migraine, increasing cell sensitivity. It could also explain the migraine frequency in menstruating women and during changes in hormone levels. Additional info click here.


Coffee Withdrawal Can Result In Strong Headaches    

On The Other Hand, It Can Also Act As A Painkiller, Enhancing The Effects Of Paracetamol Or Aspirin    

A cup of coffee in the morning I essential for most people to be more alert, more able to concentrate and to focus, and also boosts the mood, to a sensation of euphoria. The reason is that it enters the brain and blocks the receptors that affect brain activity. However, it is also addictive. Missing the morning coffee can lead to irritability, fatigue, and poor concentration. There are also negative effects caused by caffeine withdrawal, and one of them is headaches. They can be mild, or they can las one or two days. In migraine sufferers, it can trigger a migraine attack. This can also happen to frequent tea drinkers who stop ingesting it. Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are not lined to heavy drinkers. It can happen to people just by drinking it for three days and stooping the fourth day. To control these headaches, it is only necessary for a small cup of coffee. The reason can also be in the mind. Researchers have given decaf coffee to people with headaches caused by withdrawal, telling them that it was regular coffee, and headaches ceased. On the other hand, coffee also acts like as a painkiller, and it can even enhance the effectivity of NSAIDs painkillers, like paracetamol or aspirin. More details click here.


Understanding The Causes Of A Hangover And Why Some Cures Are Effective While Others Are Harmful    

Rehydrating With Electrolytes Recovers Lost Fluids, While A Morning Coffee Will Increase Dehydration.    

Hangovers symptoms can be very painful and debilitating, such as headaches and nausea. This has encouraged people to look for a hangover cure, which, in many cases, can be harmful to the body. There are cures that work, and “cures” that will do more damage than good. Hangovers are caused by the irritation of the mucosa in the stomach lining, which can cause nausea, and by the extra effort, the liver has to make to process alcohol in the blood. Nausea is also caused by the effect that alcohol has on the brain, which believes there is poison in the bloodstream, triggering a mechanism to eliminate it, causing nausea and vomiting. Also, alcohol causes dehydration and sleep issues, which worsen hangovers. Among the cures that work are rehydrating with electrolytes to recover lost fluids, diluting alcohol intake by drinking also water or other non-alcoholic drink, Ingesting food before drinking to slow down the effect of alcohol on the stomach mucosa, and taking a healthy breakfast to replenish blood sugar, vitamins, and minerals. But there are also myths about hangover cures, such as taking a drink at breakfast, which will only lower withdrawal symptoms caused by alcoholism. Other is taking caffeine, which will increase dehydration. The same will happen is deciding to sweat out the alcohol with a workout, which can cause to pass out. Check all the facts and myths about hangover cures Click here for more info.


Epsom Salts Can Help With Headaches, Back Pain, And Treating Anxiety And Depression    

It Consists Of Magnesium And Sulfate And Is For External Use    

Epsom salt is a substance with many health benefits. It is not a table salt, but a compound made of magnesium and sulfate. Even though it is not backed up by clinical trials, specialists state that it helps with a better mood, treat anxiety and depression, and relieves stress. This occurs because magnesium is linked to serotonin, also called the “happiness hormone”. It also relaxes the muscles of the back, neck, skull, and shoulders, reducing the risk of back pain. Relaxation of the skull muscles can also help end headaches or migraine. It can be applied topically, for external use only, or in a bath with Epson salts. Ingestion can result in diarrhea. Other benefits of magnesium are reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and improving digestion and bowel movements. It can help also with magnesium deficiency, but, according to specialists, oral supplements are much better. Additional information click here.


Alternative And Unusual Treatments For Headaches    

Among Them Are Breathing Deeply And Using A Mouthguard To Prevent Teeth Grinding    

Usual treatments for headaches are painkillers, such as aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen. However, there are other unusual (and weird) treatments, which might be also useful, such as using a book as a pillow, which eases tension on the small muscles connecting the neck to the back of the head. Another one is to avoid a hunched position while texting or checking the smartphone or tablet. Even though the weight of the head is from 10 to 12 lbs., the forces in the neck due when it is inclined forward can reach 60 lbs. This causes a tension in the neck muscles, resulting in cervicogenic headaches, and can also cause a condition called Occipital Neuralgia, which consist of the inflammation of the nerves running from the base of the neck up through the scalp. In addition, breathing deeply can also treat a headache, because most people breathe in a shallow way, which reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain. Grinding the teeth and night and clenching it during the day stresses the jaw muscles, which also cause headaches. It can be prevented by wearing a mouthguard. Check all the unusual treatments for headache. More info click here.