Migraines, sinus headaches and other types of headaches can be caused by a number of reasons. Most people can prevent headaches by making lifestyle changes such as learning how to relax or by taking medication. However, some health experts suggest there are alternative ways to sooth those unbearable pains.

For migraines, neurologist Dr. Nick Silver, of the National Health Service Walton Centre for Neuroscience and Neurosurgery in Liverpool, suggests keeping a migraine diary. For individuals who suffer from occasional migraines, Dr. Silver recommends simple ibuprofen and aspirin. For individuals who endure migraines consistently, they should keep a migraine diary and discuss its frequency with their personal care provider.

Other health experts such as Dr. Simon Shields, a consultant neurologist at Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals NHS Trust, recommends individuals to act quickly and effectively in order to reduce one' agony. At the first warning sign of an approaching migraine, one should immediately take medication, rather than wait for the symptoms to begin.

Additionally, Dr. Silver warns many people wrongly diagnose their migraines as sinusitis headaches.

Warning Signs

According to Dr. Silver, only one in five people experience the traditional symptoms such as temporary visual and sensory problems, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Other signs include repeated yawning, travels sickness, a hangover and for women increased irritability prior to their menstrual cycle.

Foods to Avoid

Caffeine, which is an ingredient in several foods and beverages, such as tea, soda and chocolate should be avoided. Coffee lovers may endure a few headaches due to caffeine withdrawal, but afterwards will experience fewer headaches, according to Dr. Silver.

Dr. Andy Dowson, director of headache services at King's College Hospital, London, warns cheese is another food that can trigger headaches.

What You Can Do To Minimize the Frequency of Headaches and Relieve Pain

  • Try eating a banana, which will keep blood sugar levels stable.
  • Eat regular meals to maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Eat the same time everyday.
  • Change your sleep pattern.
  • To improve painkillers effectiveness, have a cup of coffee when (only if you get occasional headaches).
  • Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground and hips and knees facing straight, according to physio-therapist Sammy Margo.

If you suffer from reoccurring headaches speak with your personal care provider.