Most of us get headaches from time to time.
But if you have them often…
Or you’ve recently noticed your head aching daily…
You may think the worst thing you need to worry about is the side effects of pain meds.
Don’t make that mistake. Because a whopping 50 percent of folks with THIS hidden deadly disease have headaches that just keep coming back.
And if you have a headache with a particular pattern that also comes with these THREE symptoms, it could even KILL you.
Surprisingly it turns out that a headache is one of the most OVERLOOKED symptoms of a brain tumor.
That’s because everybody has headaches. Plus, we’ve been taught to not to overreact to them.
And it’s true, most headaches aren’t a sign something is seriously wrong. And the vast majority of them are NOT linked to a brain tumor.
But that means you need to know the differences between this specific kind of headache and your run-of-the-mill pounder.
Persistent headaches + THESE 3 symptoms = Call 911
First, the headache itself.
It’s nothing like a migraine. But the pain is persistent.
And you’ll notice it’s usually worse at night and when you wake up in the morning. As your day goes along, the headache fades away. Then WHAMMO it’s back with a vengeance in the evening.
The pain can be steady or include throbbing and pressure.
But don’t see your doctor quite yet. Because there are three other easily-dismissed symptoms, you’ll want to be on the lookout for.
If you have a persistent headache PLUS one or all of these three symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek out immediate medical attention.
1. Memory loss:
Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor. Mostly, you’ll notice short term lapses. Like forgetting the name of the movie you watched last night, or what you ate for lunch yesterday.
2. Blurry vision:
Brain tumors often mess with your vision. Blurred vision is common, as well as flashing lights and double vision. Plus, sudden bad vision that becomes good and then bad again could be caused by a tumor. If your persistent headache isn’t a migraine, and your vision is wonky, see a doctor.
If you’ve had plenty of sleep but are having trouble keeping your eyes open, you could have a late-stage brain tumor. As tumors grow, they increase the pressure in your head causing drowsiness. You may also find you sleep significantly longer at night.
Around 60 percent of folks with a brain tumor also have at least one sudden seizure. And while you wouldn’t ever ignore one, of course, it’s important you tell the doctors about your headache symptoms too.
3 weird headache-erasing tricks which WORK
The good news is MOST headaches aren’t serious. Something as simple as stress or dehydration can trigger one.
But turning to OTC pain killers too often if you struggle with frequent headaches can be dangerous increasing your risk for bleeding and even strokes.
Try these three weird headache-erasing tricks instead…
LOOK at your headache:
This strange but amazingly effective headache cure can be used anytime, anywhere. It takes two minutes or less. And it won’t cost you a penny. Stress headaches are the most likely to respond.
Close your eyes and focus on your headache. Then ask yourself the following questions:
- Where is your headache?
- What color is your headache?
- What shape is your headache?
Repeat the process up to four times. Then pay attention. Believe it or not, you’ll often find that your headache will be fading, or even be gone. Stress headaches are the most likely to respond, but it can work with others as well.
Mint is always a refreshing scent. But, believe it or not, it can also help you say goodbye to your headaches.
It’s the menthol in the mint that does the trick. One study showed that merely applying peppermint oil to a person’s forehead helps numb away the pain. Just smooth it on and feel it start working.
Headaches are often caused by the way we’re breathing. Shallow and short breaths reduce the supply of oxygen to your brain and can trigger a head pounder.
To get oxygen flowing to your gray cells again, practice deep breathing. First, relax your stomach. You want it, and not just your ribcage, to rise and fall with each breath.
Next, concentrate on breathing in slowly and filling your lungs completely. Count to four or five if it helps. Then slowly release the air through our mouth until there’s nothing left to exhale. Repeat until you find your headache fading away.
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