ALL IN YOUR HEAD? 4 COMMON HEADACHE CAUSES (AND HOW TO TREAT THEM)
One minute you’re planning your day and the next you're lying on the couch with a cold compress telling your kids to please keep it down. This is what life is like with headaches. It’s estimated that around 75% of Americans suffer from headaches. Although common, not all headaches are the same. Being able to identify the cause of your headache can help you more quickly treat it. Here are the four most common headaches our patients suffer from. Caffeine-Induced Headaches Do you drink a lot of caffeine? You’ve probably suffered from a caffeine-induced headache. Caffeine affects everyone differently, but individuals who drink more than two cups of coffee a day can suffer more frequent headaches. Reducing your caffeine intake can also lead to temporary headaches, as a symptom of withdrawal. Tension Headaches Tension headaches are often described as feeling like a tight rubber band around your head. People who suffer from tension headaches usually report tightness or pressure across their forehead and tenderness in their scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles. Sinus Headaches Sinus issues tend to go hand in hand with headaches. Sinusitis is a common cause of sinus headaches. When the sinuses become swollen, it’s common for people to feel a mild, pulsating pressure in their forehead, eyes, and even upper teeth. Bending forward or
laying down can sometimes cause the headache to feel worse.
Migraines Migraines are the most painful headaches a person can suffer. Often debilitating and long-lasting, a severe migraine can keep you from being able to go about daily life. Migraine pain usually forms as a severe throbbing on one side of the head. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of a migraine. At Texan ENT, patients who suffer from chronic migraines can receive the “RESET Treatment,” a five- minute procedure that can help reduce and even eliminate migraine headaches.
How do I treat my headache? Most mild headaches can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, a hot or cold
compress, and a little rest. However, more painful headaches may demand a visit to the doctor. If you suffer from severe or chronic headaches, or your headache symptoms include dizziness or numbness, call 512.550.0321 right away. There may be an underlying cause or lifestyle habits that need to be addressed.
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Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 6 tbsp spinach pesto
• 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese 1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. Directions add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat.
• 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.
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