Triggers & Tricks for Managing Headache Pain
5 Things That Work for Me
If you’re like me and suffer from headaches, you know that parenting doesn’t take a break when you’re in pain. Through the years I’ve found ways to handle my headache pain. Perhaps you’ve discovered these tips as well, or have your own to share.
1. Figure out where the pain is
The most important tip, I think, is to figure out where the pain is stemming from. Pain, after all, is a symptom.
- Where does the pain originate?
- Is it chronic (long term) or acute (sharp)?
- Does it get better or worse with movement?
- Does light bother you more so when you have a headache?
2. Find your triggers
3. Minimize headache pain
Next, determine what to reach for to help minimize headache pain. This is why knowing where the pain comes from and what the trigger may be is important.
Analgesics (medications used to treat pain) are used to relieve headaches, body aches and pains, reduce fever, arthritis pain and more. There are two main types of Analgesics – Antipyretics and NSAIDS.
Antipyretic means “anti-fever” and mainly includes Acetaminophen while NSAIDS include ibuprofen, ASA (like Life Brand ASA Daily Low Dose 81mg) and naproxen sodium. Sound familiar? While all these terms can commonly be found on prescription fact sheets, it can certainly get confusing trying to determine which Analgesic is right for you and your pain.
If your headaches stem from muscle pain and inflammation, ibuprofen like Life Brand Ibuprofen Liquid Capsules may be helpful. If, however, your headache is caused by a hormonal fluctuation or even a bump on the head, then acetaminophen is going to be more helpful for that type of headache pain.
Ask an Expert!
The Question: “Should I take pain medication only when I have a lot of pain?”
- L. Helmsworth
The Answer: No. Pain is easier to control when it is mild. In fact, waiting too long can actually make pain harder to control.
Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owner
Victor Wong, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh, CDE.