The Headache Friendly Lifestyle
by Dr Raeburn Forbes MD(Hons) FRCP Ed FRCP Lond
Research into severe headache proves that learning why you have headaches makes them easier to cope with.
If you understand why you feel the way you do when you have severe headaches, you can even reduce the amount of treatment you take.
The Headache Friendly Lifestyle is a series of information-rich emails to teach you about severe headaches. You can sign up at the bottom of this page - it's completely free.
Learning from an expert let's you get back in control.
There is always something you can do.
If you're lucky you may get 15 minutes with your own doctor, so you cannot depend on your doctor for everything.
You need to know what you can do to help yourself.
Learn to avoid common errors when treating headaches.
Rely less on your doctor.
Be in control.
Kindest regards,Dr Raeburn B. Forbes MD(Hons) FRCP Ed FRCP Lond Consultant Neurologist Author of The Headache Friendly Lifestyle and Severe-Headache-Expert
My name is Dr Raeburn Forbes, a neurologist who sees lots of people with severe headache.What you read is based on years of experience and is backed up by medical research. This is what I share with people who attend me looking for advice on controlling their migraine and severe headaches.
The reasons for having severe head pain are complex.
In some it is just a case of using too many medications, or not using them properly.
For others, severe headaches have driven you into a lifestyle where you are trapped in patterns of negative thinking..... '....I can't stop thinking about my headaches.'There is so much you can do for yourself, and many people with severe headaches have never had their necks examined or treated - a very important, drug-free treatment. You need to get back in control and get your life back. Your own doctor will not have time to tell you all this information. Even if they did you would not be able to take it all in. You need to soak up this information at your own pace. The easiest way to access this important information is to sign up for The Headache Friendly Lifestyle e-Course using this form: Please note this website is not a substitute for proper medical care. It is an educational resource to make you more knowledgeable about symptoms and solutions. It should be used along with your own doctors advice. If you have symptoms that are causing you concern you should discuss these with your doctor.
Still not sure what to do - read Shannon's Story...?"I am a high school chemistry teacher, and mother of 3 children. I would say I'm a 'headache-y' person - even when I was 16, I remember coming home from school to lie in my room the rest of the day. When pregnant I had awful morning sickness and after my first baby was born I had severe migraines for about 2 weeks. Around that time I hurt my neck in a car crash, and my neck is often sore. My grandma said I had 'sinus' headaches but I knew they were migraine. Every day I have a fuzzy heavy head, and two or three times a week I just want to lie down and be left alone - the pain is that bad. When the pain builds and builds it's like the only thing in my life are these severe headaches.
My headaches are so bad I nearly lost my job last month, and I can no longer plan seeing friends as I never know if I'll be OK.
My family doctor told me I had a mix of stress headache and migraine and prescribed me Imitrex a couple of times last year.
I've tried betablockers, anti-depressants, herbal medication and have spent hours googling headache remedies - nothing seems to work.
I will take some Paracetamol or Ibuprofen to get me through each day - even though I hate taking medication.
I spent money on a gym membership (I also thought I might shed a few pounds too!) but headaches and gyms never mix :((
Good, fresh food is not cheap, but I try to eat well. I always have to read the labels to make sure there is nothing in there to give me a headache - meals are a bit of a stress.
My mood is up and down, and the headaches make me anxious at times. I feel like I need to take charge of these headaches, but I don't know what to do next"
The Headache Friendly Lifestyle is for people like you and Shannon.
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