Lately, I've been suffering from constant headaches. Now, I'm not sure if it's from lack of sleep with a new baby and a 2-year-old, the weather, poor posture, or what, but I have definitely been relying too much on over-the-counter medications for a small window of relief.
When your head starts hammering, it’s so easy to reach for a pill bottle for quick relief. But over-the-counter and prescription drug medications aren’t for everyone, and they don't need to be used for every headache.
Dr. David Greuner of NYC Surgical Associates notes that 3-4% of the general population suffers from chronic headaches, so it can be extremely common for people to start overusing either prescribed or over-the-counter medications, even if a natural alternative or lifestyle change might also give them relief.
Greuner says that overuse of headache medications can cause many issues, including Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH). “When someone suffers from chronic headaches and overuses different medications, MOH can potentially lead to depression and anxiety, or even end up causing headaches. As the headache medication wears off, the pain returns, leading to the individual to take more.” This can cause a surprisingly common pain cycle, with MOH affecting 1-2% of the US population.
To avoid overusing medication next time your head is pounding, there are many natural remedies for headaches to try first. Here are 8 that experts recommend.
8 NATURAL HEADACHE REMEDIES