By Monique Gaillard, RN, CRRN
Shepherd Pain Institute
Headaches can be described as a throbbing, pounding, burning, even gripping pain. At the very least, they are always bothersome and inconvenient.
There are many different types of headaches.
A variety of factors can trigger headaches. These include weather, certain foods, alcohol consumption, smoking cigarettes, stress, poor diet resulting in a lack of nutrients, insufficient levels of minerals and/or electrolytes, inactivity leading to poor metabolism and lack of energy, just to name a few.
Lifestyle changes can help manage headache frequency and pain. Recommendations include:
Two notes on taking supplements:
If you are like many people who suffer from headaches, you know how unpleasant this pain can be. Lifestyle adjustments just might be the change needed to make a big difference in your quality of life.
More information on the Shepherd Pain Institute is available here.
MONIQUE GAILLARD, RN, CRRN, is a nurse in the Shepherd Pain Institute. She has been a nurse for more than 19 years, working in cardiac care, medical surgical care, telemetry, geriatrics and, for the past eight years, pain management. She says, “Having the opportunity to work with this unique patient population with many rare disorders, it is evident to me that pain can be a very debilitating experience, which involves many dynamics that require a collaborative approach to management.”
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org