Discussing a Lupus Headache - Causes, Symptoms, Remedies
Suffering from a lupus headache can be a trying experience, but by learning what causes this situation and the best ways to go about treating it, you can better control the pain and find quick relief.
Many of those who are suffering from lupus will experience head pain at some point or another, with the prevalence rates coming quite close to 60%. Just over half of these cases tend to be migraine related headaches, while the other half of those impacted are suffering from tension related headaches.
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Each variety will feel slightly different to the individual, so you will likely be able to tell which type you are suffering from. Migraines tend to be the most disabling forms of headache and are usually only located on one side of the head. They are also usually made worse by physical activity or loud noises. Tension related headaches are more related to having higher levels of stress, and can come and go easily, only lasting for a short period of time per bout.
Here are some important points to know and remember about lupus headaches.
Causes and Triggers of Lupus-related Headaches
The most common cause of a lupus headache is blood vessels that are constricting irregularly, altering the flow of the blood to the brain.
In other cases, such a headache can also be caused by vasculitis, which is inflammation of the blood vessels, where you'll see small red coloured dots under the skin.
Signs and Symptoms
Your symptoms of a lupus-related headache can range from moderate to really quite severe, and can last from as little as an hour or two to several days. Included in the symptoms of those with such a headache are nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, sensitivity to smell, throbbing or pulsating pain running down the neck or spinal column, as well as pain that gets much worse with movement.
Treatment and Remedies
If you are suffering from a lupus headache, your best bet for treatment is to try and rest as much as possible. If you are in severe pain, you may not be able to carry out daily activities like those at your job or at school, so there will be no option but to rest up.
Taking a warm bath may also prove to be relaxing for the body and help to ease lupus headaches, especially if it is tension related. Any other stress relieving activities that help you personally will also be effective in reducing the severity of the pain you experience.
If you choose to turn to conventional medical treatment, your doctor may prescribe medications such as Imitrex and Axert to help stop the lupus headache once it has started. There are other medications that some doctors also use as a preventative mechanism to stop headaches if you frequently suffer from them, so if that's your situation, it will be something you could speak with your doctor about.
So keep these points in mind. Be sure you are discussing all your issues with the health care practitioner that is treating you for lupus, because it's important that he or she knows all the symptoms you are experiencing regularly so that they can treat you as effectively as possible.
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