6/15/2006

Feed a Headache

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Headache by Laura Moncur 06-01-06Over the years, I have learned to feed a headache.

If I get a headache, I immediately feed myself, before I even think about taking a pain reliever. Food is my first instinct.

The saddest part of this ritual is that most of time it doesn’t even work. I would say that 90% of my headaches are caused by sinus allergies. Most of the time, I get a headache, eat and then wait an hour in pain until I finally give up and take a Sudafed.

This is all because I don’t like to take pills.

My grandma was the kind of woman who thought pills were the answer to everything. I remember at a very young age deciding that I wasn’t going to be like that when I grew up. I didn’t want to have bottles and bottles of pills. I was going to find ways to get rid of my pain without Tylenol 3, Darvocet and carisoprodol. If I couldn’t then I was just going to have to be in pain.

I found ways to deal with my pain without pills. Sadly, it was with food instead.

So, I’m breaking myself of my habit of feeding my headaches. When I get them, I am consciously staying away from food and taking a Sudafed instead. It’s a difficult habit for me to break because about 10% of my headaches are actually caused by me needing to eat. I’m slowly learning to tell the difference. Until then, this is going to be an interesting journey.

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5 Responses to “Feed a Headache”

  1. www.iportion.com Says:

    I had a food related headache my first day of ww. It would be easy for me to feed myself with every twinge.

  2. Linda Says:

    I heard recently that drinking water will relieve a headache. I tried it and it sure works for me, mind you I probably live in a dehydrated state a lot of the time!

  3. GT Says:

    If you have frequent sinus headaches, I recommend you get a neti pot and learn how to use it. None of the side-effects of drugs, and really,really soothing. Just remember to use salt to create a saline solution, because plain water will cause pain.

  4. GGB Says:

    I don’t know about sinus headaches persay. But, I have cured my migraines related to that time of the month with food. Believe it or not the week before my period I know when this is because of my swollen breasts. I eat brocolli and coleslaw once a day. All cruciferous vegetables help rid the body of estrogen. Thus a gentler dip in estrogen. It is the radical dip in estrogen that causes a hormonal migraine headache. By the way, eat the vegetables raw or lightly steamed to keep the vitamins and indoles, etc. intact.

  5. Picture It: Says:

    The above advice is good advice once you find out that you are eating to comfort headaches, which you did Laura. Now you have a choice when you have a headache again…….Good job for finding out.

    I once ate a pack of M&M’s when I was cold instead of reaching for my sweater. Now that I know, I make sure that I have sweaters, pullovers and house shoes available along with keeping a sweater and pullover in the car.

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