How to Make Any Headache Go Away
Head pounding? Here's your roadmap to the most common culprits -- and how get rid of headaches ASAP
How it feels: So tender to the touch that eating pudding feels like a chore
Headache cause: Do you subconsciously clench your jaw? If you're going through a stressful period in your life, you may have started grinding your teeth in your sleep or during tense situations, which can cause persistent headaches that are usually mistaken for tension headaches.
Shortcut to headache relief: Dr. Salvado suggests taking an anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen (not Tylenol) and using a warm compress for 20 minutes every hour while at home. After a week, if you haven't gotten rid of your TMJ headaches, make an appointment to see your primary care doctor. And as much as it may pain you (metaphorically), you must say no to chewy steaks and gum for at least two weeks. A diet of softer foods like mashed potatoes, eggs or bananas will be far more comforting to your jaw.
Long-term headache relief: If your TMJ pain persists, consider being fitted for a mouth guard to protect from further damage and future headaches.
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