Arthritis is a term that is thrown around a lot and it is very common for headache and migraine sufferers to have some level of arthritis in their neck, particularly when they are older in age, but to what degree does arthritis contribute to headaches/migraines and what can you do if you have arthritis?
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 different conditions that target the joints, where 2 bones come into contact. It is commonly found in weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees as well as in the spine, the neck included. The most common form of arthritis is known as Osteoarthritis and it refers to the wear and tear or age related degeneration of the protective padding in your joints known as cartilage. This can lead to a change in the size of your joints or a change in the curvature of your spine and neck.
Commonly arthritis is thought of as an older person’s condition but this is not the case, it is not only seen in the elderly....
Have you ever had a raging headache after indulging in just one or even two glasses of wine? You’ve probably wondered how something as seemingly simple as drinking wine can cause you so much pain? Alcohol induced headaches are relatively common, with wine in particular being the main culprit. Keep reading to find out the causes and how you can beat it.
Approximately one-third of headache and migraine sufferers will report their symptoms being triggered by the consumption of alcohol.
Its Friday evening and you reach for your favourite bottle of cabernet sauvignon, however, after just one glass your head starts pounding, you're in agony and regretting reaching for that wine, but boy did it taste good! Sound familiar? It’s not fair is it! So what is it about wine that causes headaches?
Histamine - Histamine is often found in aged food and drinks and is created as a by-product of the fermentation process. It’s usually much higher in red wines...
Do you or have you ever suffered from neck pain and headaches? Was your neck pain and/or headaches as a result of an impact injury or rear end collision? If so, this article contains much needed information that could help change the way you think about your neck pain and headaches, therefore increasing your chance of recovery.
What is whiplash
Whiplash is a type of neck injury due to the forceful movement of your head back-and-forth and is most commonly caused by rear end collisions, sporting injuries and other traumas.
Common signs and symptoms that you have whiplash include but are not limited to: you have been involved in a situation where your neck has incurred a whip like trauma, neck pain and stiffness, headaches associated with neck pain and limited neck range of motion. Occasionally patients may also experience numbness and tingling in the arms, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, memory problems and sleep disturbance.
What causes whiplash
Chocolate, cheese and red wine… Loved by many but loathed by headache and migraine sufferers!
Do you find that certain foods give you a headache or migraine? What is it about these foods that causes them to be a trigger?
Chemical sensitivity can be attributed to triggers in up to 70% of headache and migraine sufferers! This isn’t just limited to food we eat but also the chemicals and pollutants that we absorb through breathing and through our skin. Sensitivity to certain foods and alcohol alone can trigger a migraine in over 50% of sufferers! Are you one of the 50% affected?
When you live with chronic headaches or migraines it can really impact your enjoyment of the things that you love in life such as spending time with friends and family and participating in social or sporting engagement. You're left feeling unproductive at home and work and just generally feel tired and fed up.
Dietary issues play a large role in chronic headaches and...
Did you know people living with migraines are between 2 and 8 times more likely to experience sleep disorders?
And those who suffer from chronic migraine report having almost twice the rates of insomnia as those with less frequent headaches.
Studies have found that migraine sufferers that sleep fewer than six hours a night have more frequent and more severe headaches than those who sleep longer, suggesting that lack of sleep and migraines are part of a vicious, painful cycle. On the flip side, for some migraine sufferers, over sleeping, or getting too much sleep can also be a migraine trigger for some people.
So what’s the link between our sleep and migraines?
The strongest link between migraines and sleep patterns is thought to be Serotonin.
Serotonin is one of the most important brain chemicals for regulating the sleep/wake cycle as it is synthesised into melatonin which is the hormone that is directly related to healthy sleep. A decrease in...
Suffering headaches? Check out Dr Liam’s top 3 tips to help!
Are you one of the millions who suffer from headaches and migraines?
Is going about your daily business a constant struggle?
Do you feel like your missing out on the things you love because you always have head pain?
Is so, then these 3 awesome tips might just be the thing for you!
1. Daily exercise
Daily exercise is a great way to help reduce your chance of getting headaches and migraines. Yoga is a great example of a low level exercise you can use to unwind after a hard days work. Stress and muscle tension are major contributors of headache and migraine and Yoga is just the thing to help with this.
If going to a Yoga class doesn’t seem like your thing, then try downloading an app which you can guide you through the process in the comfort of your own home.
If Yoga isn’t for you, try 20-30 mins of light cardio.
This could be a walk/slow jog around the block or on...
Do you find your current exercise habits are impacting your headaches/migraines?
Or do you currently avoid exercising as you’re worried it can be a trigger for your migraines and/or headaches?
Are you aware of the positive benefits that exercise can actually have on your migraines and/ or headaches?
Most headache and migraine sufferers aren’t aware how important the role exercise plays in their pain management and tend to avoid exercise so as to avoid symptoms. However, if you know what exercises are safe and what strategies to put in place when exercising, exercise can be a very positive addition to your current management plan.
What type of exercise should I be doing?
Current research has found evidence to suggest that moderate exercise can reduce both the frequency and severity of migraine attacks in some people. The theory behind this is the natural effect that exercise has on increasing your bodies endorphin levels. Increasing these...