A headache is pain and/or discomfort in and around the head, including the neck, sinuses, and scalp. Headaches are common. They range from mildly annoying to very severe.
Nausea is a sick feeling in the stomach—the feeling of needing to vomit.
What causes a Nausea headache?
Nausea headaches are very common, these headaches cause extreme symptoms, including nausea, dizziness, light sensitivity, and severe pain. They’re often preceded by a visual or sensory disturbance, called an aura.
Other, less-serious conditions associated with headache and nausea includes the stomach flu (also known as gastroenteritis) and the common cold. Certain foods can also bring about headaches, such as red wine and processed meats that contain nitrates. Dehydration and insufficient food intake can also bring on a headache accompanied by nausea.
Other conditions that can lead to headache and nausea include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Food poisoning
- Food allergies
- Extremely high blood pressure
- Early pregnancy
- Brain infections: such as meningitis, encephalitis or abscess
- Cold, flu, or stomach flu: Common viruses that cause cold, flu, and stomach flu — or gastroenteritis — can cause headache and nausea. Both can range in intensity from mild to severe. Unlike migraines, other signs of viral illness often accompany these conditions. For instance, you may have a runny nose, diarrhea, chills, body aches, and fever.
- Meningitis: A horrible headache accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light and nausea may sound like a classic migraine. But if an extremely stiff neck, with or without fever, also accompanies it it could be meningitis.
- Cluster headache: Nausea is one of the factors commonly used to distinguish between migraines and other types of headaches. That includes tension headaches and cluster headaches. But there is some evidence that suggests some people with cluster headaches do experience nausea when attacks occur. Cluster headaches are repeated, excruciating, one-sided headaches.
Dangers of Drugs for Nausea Headache Treatment
Medical doctors generally treat nausea realted headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.
Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.
How to Relieve Nausea headache Naturally:
- Avoiding cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol
- Exercising regularly
- Eat regular meals
- Rest: in a quiet, darkened room
- Drink fluids: to avoid dehydration, especially if you have vomited
- Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.
- Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.
- Massage: Gently massage your head with your fingertips.
- Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from nausea headaches usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular stress that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain. Patients who suffer from nausea headaches are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition. Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help treat nausea headaches.
In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each headache.
In another study, people with nausea headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn’t work any better.
In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for nausea or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.
However, not all of these studies were good quality, and they varied in the techniques used. More research is needed to say for sure whether chiropractic can prevent nausea headaches.