Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head that can cause aching and pressure. They can range from mild to severe pain and commonly occur on both sides of your head.
There is a difference between a headache and a migraine headache. Headaches are not frequently accompanied by other symptoms associated with migraines.
However, your headache may be a migraine if you have any combination of these symptoms:
- vomiting or nausea, upset stomach, abdominal pain;
- moderate to severe pain (usually described as pounding, throbbing pain) that can affect the whole head, or can shift from one side of the head to the other;
- bright flashing dots or lights, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines;
- sensations of being very warm or cold;
- blurred vision;
- sensitivity to light, noise or odors;
- loss of appetite;
- pain behind one eye or ear;
- temporary vision loss.
Migraine attacks usually last between 4 and 72 hours, and in the majority of cases, there is complete freedom from symptoms between attacks. Certain factors are involved in triggering an attack in those predisposed to a migraine attack. These are commonly called trigger factors and can include lifestyle and hormonal changes.
A dramatic increase or decrease in physical or psychological stress can cause a migraine. Danish scientists found that a majority of migraine patients report that stress is associated with the onset of migraine attacks.
Some women experience migraines around the time of their period, probably because of variations in the levels of hormones such as estrogen around this time.
Fewer than 30% of migraine sufferers identify foods as triggers. To be considered a migraine trigger, the food must cause a migraine headache within 24 hours of the time it’s consumed, and it must do that more than 50 percent of the time that the food is eaten.
Food triggers include alcohol (especially champagne and red wine), aged or strong cheese, particularly cheddar (ricotta, cottage, or cream cheese), chicken liver, pate, papayas, red plums, pickles, and olives. Also, all artificial sweeteners, including diet sodas, dried fruits, such as raisins, apricots, dates, canned figs, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise.
Foodscontainntains nitrates, such as cured meats, bacon, hot dogs, ham, sausage, salami, bologna, pepperoni. Foods that contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), such as Chinese food, meat tenderizers, soy sauce, or seasoned salt.
Lack of sleep
Sleep disturbance is one of the most frequent factors associated with migraine. Insufficient sleep is usually cited as a trigger for acute migraine attacks.
Some researchers have reported that excessive caffeine consumption may trigger a migraine. That’s why it’s beneficial to monitor your intake of caffeine from tea, coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks. For example, a standard 8-ounce cup of coffee contains between 125-250mg of caffeine.
Migraines and headaches – spiritual cause
Self-criticism is an important spiritual cause of headaches. Moreover, they are usually used as an excuse to escape responsibilities or to under-perform. Pain to the back of the head represents something in your past that is not complete and which remains unforgiven.
Another possible cause of the headaches is a blocked crown chakra. The crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the 7th major chakra and is located at the top of the head. However, headaches may appear because our Sahasrara chakra is expanding.
When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may feel like your head is being operated on, like someone is sticking needles or rods in your skull. Occasionally, the pain can be eased by asking the Supreme Consciousness and your Higher Self to make an adjustment in the energy flow.
Headaches and migraines – healing affirmations
I love and approve of myself.
I let go of stress regularly throughout the day.
I see myself and what I do with eyes of love.
My head feels comfortable and soothed.
I am safe.
I am relaxed and at peace.
Deep breathing exercises (pranayama) and daily mindfulness meditation are great methods to try when you have a headache. The deep breathing exercise continues the flow of energy and helps circulate your chakras, promoting healing light.