A Day in the Life of a Headache

A poem written by Sabrina Wirey  Pounding… aching… I must be driving her crazy. She runs for the bottle of Motrin, but I can’t be eliminated. As she lies staring at the ceiling, I am the one keeping her awake. Pounding on her temples with my iron fists, I make it impossible for her to think. You may ask why I would do this to someone. Why would you cause her so much pain? As you ask me this I am causing her ears to ring. She needs to lie down again. As I create a whirlwind of dizziness in her skull, I laugh loudly inside. She falls, like a boulder into her bed, as I continue to throw my shield up at the never ending waves of medicine coming at me. I will continue this series of events until … Read more

Post Nasal Drip

With flu season just around the corner it is important to be ready for nuisances like post nasal drip to occur. The feeling that it is accumulating in the throat or dripping from the back of your nose is called post-nasal drip. Treatment for Post Nasal Drip  A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ear, nose, and throat exam and possible laboratory, endoscopic, and x-ray studies. Each treatment is different. Bacterial infection– if it is present, it is treated with antibiotics. In cases of chronic sinusitis, surgery to open the blocked sinuses may be required. Allergy is managed by avoiding the cause if possible. Antihistamines and decongestants, cromolyn and steroid (cortisone type) nasal sprays, and other forms of steroids may offer relief. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) also may be helpful. However, some older, sedating antihistamines may dry and thicken post-nasal secretions even … Read more

Headache Central

There is a website sponsored by the Michigan Headache Clinic since 1996 as a public service to the millions of headache sufferers. The purpose of this site is to educate you about the illness and how to get help. Many people are not aware that headache problems can be solved. The website address is http://www.headachecentral.net They have a headache survival guide that offers the following information. “This section is dedicated to people with headaches who need to learn more about the illness and how to deal with it. It gives the headache sufferer some important insights, through the eyes of neurologists, nurse practitioners and nurses who treat headache disorders. Interestingly, many of us are also headache sufferers. Our purpose is to keep you up to date on developments in the world of headaches and to provide guidance. ” There is … Read more

Impacted wisdom teeth cause numbness in your tongue and lower jaw

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems, including numbness in the jaw and the tongue. However, this is uncommon. Impacted lower (mandibular) wisdom teeth are often very close to a large nerve (inferior alveolar nerve) that controls feeling (sensation) to the lower jaw, teeth and tongue. Treatment of impacted wisdom teeth typically involves their surgical removal (extraction). This procedure may cause temporary numbness in your jaws, tongue and teeth. However, numbness in the lower jaw and tongue before surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth is unusual and may indicate a problem that requires further evaluation. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can be associated with cysts and tumors — usually noncancerous. Other types of growths also can occur in the jaw area and result in the symptoms you describe. Consult your dentist about the numbness you’re experiencing. A … Read more

Keeping Stress Under Control

Stop the cycle You can’t avoid daily stress. But you can keep stress under control — which can help prevent headaches. Consider these tips: Simplify your life. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, leave some things out. Ask yourself what really needs to be done, what can wait and what can be dropped entirely. It’s OK to say no occasionally. Manage your time wisely. Update your to-do list every day — both at work and at home. Delegate what you can, and break large projects into manageable chunks. Tackle the rest one task at a time. Be prepared. Organize your day ahead of time. Anticipate challenges. Try to keep your plan flexible, in case a headache strikes and you need to change course. Let go. Don’t worry about things you can’t control. … Read more