Posts Tagged ‘Headache’

Effects of stress on the body

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

From tension headaches, ulcers to blood pressure and diabetes, stress effects your body in numerous ways. So it’s time you took action!

Stress – what it does to your body!

Stress is stressful not just for our minds but also for our bodies. We know some of the problems stress can accelerate, but it’s important to be aware of all of them. So here’s a comprehensive list of all the possible negative effects stress can have on us – phew! Brace yourself, the list runs long.

  • Bad for your immunity. Stress decreases your immunity and makes you prone to infections. When you are stressed out, your immune system becomes weak and hence you are prone to picking up an infection, which may not happen when your resistance is good. Common colds, the flu and even the progression from HIV positive to full-blown AIDS can be blamed on stress.
  • Makes you tired. Stress can make you fatigued and you may complain of various muscle pains. This is basically the body’s way of making you sit up and take notice. Your body is telling you to stop; pain is the language the body uses to get your attention to its sad state and clear up the mess.
  • Stress and ulcers. Ulcers in the oesophagus and stomach can be caused or exacerbated due to stress. This is because stress causes the release of hydrochloric acid from the stomach, which contributes to acidity and in the long run may cause peptic ulcers to form.
  • Stress headaches. Stress causes blood vessels in the head region to constrict and thereby leads to headaches. The most common type is the ‘tension headache‘ but stress can even trigger a migraine in those susceptible to it.
  • Lead to chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses, like asthma, which causes narrowing of the air passages in the lungs and some skin conditions like eczema (extremely dry skin associated with itching) have been linked to stress.
  • Hormone imbalances. Stress affects the hormones in the body and a common effect is hyperthyroidism. In this condition the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormones, which lead to symptoms like palpitations, tremors and insomnia.
  • The rise of lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are all related to stress. To deal with stress you may reach out for unhealthy and high-calorie foods, which leads to obesity; stress affects insulin production by the pancreas which in turn controls blood sugar; and stress causes the blood pressure to go higher thus causing uncontrolled hypertension.
  • Bad for your sex life. A stressful lifestyle is definitely to blame for lack of desire for sex, erection problems and low sperm count, which may lead to infertility in the long run.
  • Not good for the heart. Stress may directly or indirectly contribute to heart ailments. Direct stress may be a cause for heart attacks while indirectly stress may cause heart failure and arrhythmias (irregular heart beats).
  • It even affects arthritis. Stress also plays a role in arthritis. Most people having arthritis will remember a stressful event that brought the ailment on or a stressful event at the time they were diagnosed.
  • Mouth sores. Stress is blamed for poor oral hygiene which in turn may cause dental plaque formation and gum disease. Mouth sores may also result from undue stress.
  • Stress and hair loss. Hair loss increases during stressful times. Male pattern balding or alopecia areata, as well as telogen effluvium — where multiple hair cells enter the resting phase and cause significant hair loss are both associated with stress.
  • Bad for your stomach. A stomach ache which comes on and off and interferes with the daily functioning of one’s life can be pinpointed to stress.
  • Keep you up at nights. Stress interferes with normal sleep patterns and may keep you tossing and turning in bed.  You may be unable to go to bed or may wake up earlier than normal because of the stress.
  • Stress and poor breathing. Stress hampers your breathing and, therefore, the amount of oxygen entering your body. Lack of oxygen to the brain leads to inability to concentrate and focus on mental tasks and productivity at work may suffer.


Lightning may cause headaches

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A new study has found that lightning might affect the onset of headache and migraines.

These results are the first tying lightning to headache and could help chronic sufferers more efficiently anticipate headache and migraine arrival and begin preventive treatment immediately.

Geoffrey Martin, fourth-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati (UC), and his father Vincent Martin, MD, professor in the division of general internal medicine, UC Health physician and headache expert, led the study which showed that there was a 31 percent increased risk of headache and 28 percent increased risk of migraine for chronic headache sufferers on days lighting struck within 25 miles of study participant”s homes.

In addition, new-onset headache and migraine increased by 24 percent and 23 percent in participants.


Health tip of the day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Rub peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples to soothe your headaches. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

Migraine ‘much more than just bad headache’

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Almost everyone suffers from headache pain occasionally, but for many, intense, debilitating headaches accompanied by other neurological symptoms – also known as migraine syndrome – are a source of physical misery that can have a devastating effect on their quality of life.

According to Dr. Rebecca Poetschke, who treats patients at the new migraine clinic at the Women’s Health Center on the campus of ProMedica Herrick Hospital, migraines are actually a group of neurological symptoms that vary widely among sufferers.

The American Migraine Foundation, an American nonprofit organization that supports migraine research, states on its website that migraine symptoms generally include severe, recurring intense pain on one side of the head (although both sides can be affected) accompanied by one or more of the following: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sensorial stimulation and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.


Ayurveda Q&A: Treating rheumatic fever

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director of rVita, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Dear sir, I m taking “dr. ayurveda” of  (Ingredient: Shatavari, Tal Makhana, Harad, Ashwagandha,Kale Til,Kali Musli,Amla,Salam Mishri,Rume Mastagi,Mishri) befor meal at morning & befor sleep at night. Can i take my multivitamin(ingredients: V-A,B1,B6,C,D,B2,E, Cyanocobalamin, Calcium,pantothenate, ferrous sulphate, potasium iodine, nicotinamide, folic acid, Cupric sulphate, Zinc sulphate, Potassium sulphate) with “dr. ayurveda”
I have loss of appetite, constipation for 6 month. i had antibiotic course for 7yr with (oracin-k) for rheumatic fever, & my doctor stop this, it is being now 7 month. i m takig probiotic- acidophillus 6 billion cfu daily. Pls guide me.
Thank u..


Ayurveda Q&A: Recurring headaches? Here’s the cure

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director of rVita, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. For the past 4 to 5 months,I have been suffering from a very strange problem.I have been hearing some “tik tik” kind of sound in my mind(something to do with my brain nerves).Also my foreheaded looks more brownish in color having wrinkle lines.On a regular consultation with my family neurologist one day,he suggested that I could be depressed.He gave some brain development capsule called Compstat which unfortunately did not help.
Before this,I took some antidepressant capsules on consultation with a psychiatrist.It made me cry and had some side effects.
I also once drank a bottle of health juice NONI which gave me skin irritation and redness in hands.Both the antidepressants and NONI were discontinued.
I do not know what problem Iam experiencing.Kindly help me in this regard.Also tell me if this condition of mine is related to the dandruff and weight related issues that Iam experiencing.I wish to lead a happy and healthy life.

The symptoms looks like depression and anxiety-related troubles. I suggest you to consult a good psychiatrist as soon as possible. Dandruff, obesity etc are usual complications of anti-depressants. To understand better, please answer the following questions:


Health tip of the day

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Go slow on caffeine. Drinking too many cups could bring on hallucinations, says recent research.

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