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Normal Headaches?

By vitalhf, May 15 2019 01:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Many people today suffer from headaches. They range from mild, and infrequent, or possibly daily, to severe and debilitating, going from one headache or migraine into another. Frequently, when I ask my patients if they have headaches, they say “not really”. When I inquire deeper, they say, “Well, yes. But it’s the normal headache everyone has”. I’m saddened to think anyone believes a headache is normal, because there is no such thing as a “normal headache”.

I too when I was young believed there were normal headaches. I had headaches from as far back as I can remember. I would self-medicate as soon as I recognized what baby aspirin was, then, as I got older, I discovered adult aspirin. During one period of my childhood I remember taking 8 full strength aspirin at a time, because that was the magic number that would finally disperse my headache. It wasn’t unusual to do that several times a week. I don’t think my parents ever knew. I was lucky all that aspirin didn’t eat a hole in my stomach! They progressed into pretty severe migraines at one time and it took many years as an adult and later as a practitioner to figure my headaches out. I’m sure glad I don’t have those anymore!


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