Temple headache, for many, is a very real phenomena that affects the live’s of sufferers to the extent that they are unable to work. I myself have suffered with a variant of temple headaches everyday for 15 years. This is one of the reasons I decided to create this site, in an effort to help other people in the same situation. So perhaps they can avoid some of the pitfalls I went through trying to get relief; often it became quite costly. Over the years I have become somewhat of an expert on headaches and my condition, which puts me in a position where I can support others who suffer with headaches.
Now, temple headaches can be caused by a variety of factors as I shall discuss in future posts. For now let’s just discuss the most common form of headaches, that of stress induced headaches. Often headaches caused by stress are known as tension headaches, due to the contraction of the muscles of the scalp. There are also many other underlying causes of these stress induced headaches, including but not limited to poor diet, lack of sleep and lack of exercise. These three triggers often cause other illnesses too which I will also discuss in later posts. A stressful life accompanied by poor nutrition, little exercise and sleep deprivation can cause your nervous system to be over active and your muscles to be very tense. As you can imagine, these issues alone are enough to cause severe headaches.
When temple headaches first start to become an issue in your life, this is when you should see your GP to see if there is anything else going on to cause these headaches. Your GP will most probably arrange for some blood tests and an MRI Scan as a matter of course. You should also ask your GP to add to his list of blood tests some tests for nutritional deficiencies as sometimes these can be the cause of headaches. If your GP is open to the idea, along side his usual preliminary test for migraine and headache, you can also ask him/her to refer you to a nutritionist for help on identifying any possible allergies.
If your tests all come back normal, your GP will want to refer you to a Nuerologist or a Headache clinic if he hasn’t done so already. These clinics have many methods to help you. There are many drugs on the market which your neurologist will want to try you on. While I stress that this is not in anyway medical advice and you should always consult your GP before trying any new treatment plan, I would strongly recommend you fix your diet, sleeping patterns and exercise regime, and you should also try to decrease stress levels, and identify any allergies, before ingesting any neurological drugs, as these can cause long term damage to your body and give you unpleasant side effects. If you have been taking analgesia daily, your neurologist will probably want you to reduce your intake of these as he will suspect analgesia overuse as a cause of your headaches.
I know these temple headaches are the bane on your life, as they were for me, but there are many pathways for pain relief at your disposal, so if you can try them first before attempting a course of neurological drugs, then please do. That being said, some drugs are necessary for certain conditions so make sure you discuss the prescription and any potential side effects fully with your General Practitioner before following a new form of treatment.
For temple headache sufferers, it is a rocky road to pain relief, but there are solutions out there for everyone. Let’s help each – other, comments are most certainly welcome and would be much appreciated.
This article is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice – the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.