People who are prone to headaches, such as those who suffer from migraines, often get them from a condition called an “internal jaw pain.” The pain can be so severe that it interferes with your ability to swallow properly or talk.
If you find yourself in this situation and experience an intense headache, try popping your jaw to relieve the pain.
You may need to do this several times in order to feel any sort of relief.
It’s important to note that popping your jaw may not be the most effective way to relieve an intense headache, and this may make the pain worse.
How to do it?
The easiest way to pop your jaw is by using your teeth and fingers to gently break your teeth apart.
This can be done by using the following steps:
- Close your mouth as if you were going to eat.
- Begin to break your teeth apart.
- Once you’re done, use your teeth to close your mouth.
- Repeat this action several times a day for up to 20 minutes each time.
Don’t try this if you have any dental issues such as a dental crown, missing tooth, or a loose tooth. You also shouldn’t attempt this if you’re pregnant or have a fever.
How to prevent it?
If you’re prone to headaches, you may want to try to prevent them by:
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Eating plenty of healthy food.
- Eating foods that contain pain-relieving ingredients such as ginger or capsaicin.
- Avoiding foods that are high in fat and salt.
- Avoiding foods that are high in caffeine.
- Eating foods that are high in iron, such as red meat, chicken, and beans.
- Making sure you’re getting enough sleep.
There are also natural ways to relieve headaches.
Lifestyle and home remedies
There are several things you can do at home to help relieve an intense headache.
To relieve a headache, try:
- Drinking warm water.
- Eating a warm or warm-water soup.
- Taking a hot shower or bath.
- Applying a heating pad for 10 minutes on your head.
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or aspirin.
- Trying to relax your neck and shoulders.
These methods should be done at least an hour before you plan to head to bed. It may be helpful to do these things at the same time each day.
You can also try to help relieve the pain by massaging the temples or forehead, using a heating pad, or massaging a heating pad or cold compress onto the head.
When to see a doctor?
If you believe that you have a headache and it’s difficult to treat it, it’s best to see a doctor. They can provide you with a diagnosis and make sure you don’t have any other issues that might be causing your headache.
If you experience a headache that’s severe, persistent, or intense, you should talk to a doctor.
The doctor will want to know about the headache and how long you’ve had it. They may also want to check for any other symptoms.
The doctor will want to know if the headache is related to something you’ve done, such as drinking too much alcohol or eating too much sugar. They may also want to check for any other underlying conditions that may be causing your headache.
The doctor will want to do an exam, and they will do a physical exam. This may include checking your:
- Ears and nose.
You may also need to do a blood test.
How long does it last?
If you’ve tried home remedies and physical exercises and the headache still hasn’t gone away, there are a few more things you can try.
Try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin.
You can also try massaging the temples or forehead. Massaging the temples or forehead can help relieve pain in the neck and head.
You can also try using a heating pad or a cold compress.
If these methods don’t work, you may need to see a doctor.
What about over-the-counter drugs?
If you have a headache and you don’t want to take a prescription medication, there are several over-the-counter headache medications you can try.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Aspirin (Tylenol)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
These drugs are available over-the-counter and at a drugstore.
They can help relieve mild to moderate pain. Talk to your doctor about how long you should take them for before they work.
They may also be helpful for people who are experiencing migraine headaches.
What if it’s a migraine?
In general, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may help relieve a headache that’s caused by a migraine.
However, if you have migraine headaches, you should follow these steps:
- Have your doctor check you for any underlying conditions that could be causing your headache.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four hours for a migraine.
- Try to avoid foods that are high in fat and salt.
- Talk to your doctor about other medications that may be more effective for you.
The doctor may also want to check for any other related conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Sinus infection
- Thyroid disorder
What if it’s a sinus infection?
In general, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may help relieve a headache that’s caused by a sinus infection.
However, if you have sinus infections, you should follow these steps:
- Have your doctor check you for any underlying conditions that could be causing your headache and sinus infection.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four hours.
- Use a saline nasal spray or nasal rinse, such as Flonase.
The bottom line
If you’re prone to headaches, you may find that popping your jaw helps reduce the severity of your headache. You can try this method at home or at the first sign of a headache.
But if the headache doesn’t go away, or you have other symptoms, see your doctor.
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