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Managing Headache by Self-Acupressure

MBBS
Acupressurist, Delhi
Managing Headache by Self-Acupressure

Headache is a quite common these days. Thanks to fast pace lifestyle of competition, corporate job, heavy on screen work, mobile chatting, late night light exposure.

Keeping right mindset and healthy habits are very much required.
1) Eat, when feeling hungry and, stop when your hypothalamus is saturated.
2) Eat fresh, green, homemade as far as possible. Decrease or, eliminate fast food and animal foods.
3) Sleep early. Put auto-switch off mode in mobile. Don't expose light to your eyes, unless it's very essential.
4) To ensure good sleep, massage 3rd eye area (gv24.5) +- k6, gb43 acupuncture point. Soothing classical music like raag bageshri or, raag darbari can be listened too.
5) Press pc6 acupoint (on inner side of wrist-3 finger from wrist crease. Google to know the exact location) 3-5 times a day for ~1 min.
6) Take shower 2 times.

If pain persist, visit acupuncturist. As acupressure don't administer any medicine in body and, free from all side-effects. So, it's best healing modality.

I am Suraj how to decrease the headache I'm getting frequently so can you say me the answer.

Dr. Shreyas Bansal 90% (139 ratings)
MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
I am Suraj how to decrease the headache I'm getting frequently so can you say me the answer.
A headache can be a sign of stress or emotional distress, or it can result from a medical disorder, such as migraine or high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression or tension headache. It can lead to other problems. People with chronic migraine headaches, for example, may find it hard to attend work. Headache may result from a deficiency of a particular nutrient or nutrients, especially magnesium and certain B vitamins. Nutrient deficiencies can be due to a poor quality diet, underlying malabsorption issues, or other medical conditions. Treatment- A number of steps can be taken to reduce the risk of headaches and to ease the pain if they do occur: Apply a heat pack or ice pack to your head or neck, but avoid extreme temperatures. Avoid stressors, where possible, and develop healthy coping strategies for unavoidable stress. Eat regular meals, taking care to maintain stable blood sugar. Exercising regularly and getting enough rest and regular sleep contributes to overall health and stress reduction if above things doesnot help then you need to consult a good homeopathic doctor so that proper investigations and case taking is to be done and better treatment will be started as soon as possible. For further help contact us.
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I am business man I doing daily 12 he work I got headache I lost 5 kg weight help me.

Dr. Prem Chand 93% (900 ratings)
MBBS, Craniosacral Balancing, Quantum Touch, Visceral manipulation
Pain Management Specialist, Panchkula
I am business man I doing daily 12 he work I got headache I lost 5 kg weight help me.
Your complaints are not sufficient to comment. Weight loss in how much time, 12 hrs. Job from the starting or now it is increased, your age, profession all this will help you give some suggestion. For any type of stress in any field of life i.e student professional family parenting etc. Etc mind management is available which makes a mind - super mind i.e no extra thoughts only useful thoughts ,how to face comparison etc. All treatment is available online. You can contact us on Lybrate. More details about the treatment on our profile/personal statement column.
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Doctor I really painful in brain because of some pressures and tensions in my life please some solution.

Dr. Shashidhar 90% (3736 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Secunderabad
Doctor I really painful in brain because of some pressures and tensions in my life please some solution.
Please visit a doctor for a routine medical examination so that the doctor can check you for vital signs and advise some tests. Let the doctor decide whether it is due to stress or due to some other reason. You should also change your life style and adapt a healthy lifestyle. Read more from the internet about healthy lifestyle and good habits which can help you enjoy health and manage life with discipline.
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Headaches - Know Everything!

Dr. Neeraj Jain 84% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD, FIMSA, FIPP
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Headaches - Know Everything!

Headaches are common, and many people treat themselves with simple painkillers, drinking extra water, having a rest, or simply by waiting for the headache to go away. Even so, headaches can be distressing and disabling, and sometimes people worry that they may have a serious underlying cause. In fact most headaches are unpleasant but cause no lasting harm. 

What are the different types of headache? 

Headaches can be primary, or they can be secondary which means they are a side-effect of a separate illness or injury. Your doctor can generally tell the cause of your headache from talking to you and examining you. Once he or she has discovered the cause then you will be able to decide how to reduce or stop the headaches. This may involve taking medication only when you get the headaches, taking daily medication to prevent them or, sometimes, stopping medication you are already taking. 

Primary headaches 

The most common types of headache are tension headaches and migraines.

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are usually felt as a band or across the forehead. They can last for several days. They can be uncomfortable and tiring, but they do not usually disturb sleep. Most people can carry on working with a tension headache. They are not usually made worse by physical activity, although it's not unusual to be a bit sensitive to bright light or noise. Tension headaches tend to get worse as the day goes on and are often least in the morning. (An exception to this would be a headache caused by sleeping in an awkward position causing a sore neck.) Tension headaches are usually felt on both sides of the head (known as symmetrical) - most often the front. They are often called pressure headaches. They can interrupt work and concentration but usually not enough to send you to bed. Tension headaches are caused by tightness in the muscles at the back of the neck and over the scalp. Tiredness, stress and an awkward sleeping position can make them worse. Some people get tension headaches if they drink too much caffeine or alcohol, if they don't drink enough water or if they go for a long time between meals and become tired and hungry. 

What is the treatment for tension headaches? 

Tension headaches usually respond to simple painkillers. Changes in lifestyle can help - such as having less caffeine and more water, and a sensible diet. Changing pillows can sometimes help, as can getting adequate sleep and avoiding excessive noise. Occasionally tension headaches can be caused by poor vision, particularly if reading in low light for long periods. 

Migraines 
Migraines are also very common. A typical migraine is one-sided and throbbing. Indeed, headaches that are one-sided, headaches that throb and headaches that make you feel sick are more likely to be migraines than anything else. Migraines are often severe enough to be disabling. Some patients need to go to bed to sleep off their headache. Migraines can last anything from four hours to three days. They are often made worse by movement or sound. Patients often feel sick (nausea) or are sick (vomit), even if the pain is not severe. Often patients find bright light and even TV make the headache worse. Most people with migraines have 1-2 attacks a month. About a third of people have migraine with 'aura', or 'classical migraine'. In this condition warning symptoms (the aura) occur before the migraine. These most commonly consist of flashing lights, often in the shape of zigzags. They are sometimes described as being like firework displays. They tend to occur on one side of the vision only (although affecting both eyes at the same time). Some people actually lose half of their vision completely. Others experience tingling or weakness on one side of the body, or slurring of speech. These warning symptoms can last for up to an hour, and are generally followed by a headache. Typically the headache is on the opposite side to the visual symptoms. 

What is the treatment for migraines? 
Migraines can improve with rest, sleep, darkness and quiet. Drinking water can help if you don't feel sick, and simple painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be effective. Many people find that they are not, and have special migraine medication prescribed by their doctor. These medications can consist of tablets which you take when you have a headache. However, some people take a daily tablet to act as a migraine preventer, and this can be a good solution for those who have frequent migraines. Migraines can be triggered by stress, certain foods such as chocolate and red wine, tiredness, and lack of body fluid (dehydration). 

Cluster headaches 
Cluster headaches are very severe headaches, sometimes called 'suicide headaches'. They occur in clusters, often every day for a number of days or even weeks. Then they disappear for months on end. They are uncommon, and tend to occur particularly in adult male smokers. They are severe, one-sided headaches, which are really very disabling (that is, they prevent regular activity). Cluster headaches are usually one-sided. Patients often have a red watery eye on the affected side, a stuffy runny nose and a droopy eyelid. 

What is the treatment for cluster headaches? 
Cluster headaches usually require treatment from your doctor, which can be with tablets or occasionally with inhaler oxygen. Chronic daily headaches Chronic daily headache or chronic tension headache is usually caused by muscle tension in the back of the neck and affects women more often than men. Chronic means that the condition is persistent and ongoing. These headaches can be started by neck injuries or tiredness and may be made worse by medication overuse. A headache that occurs almost every day for six months or more is called a chronic daily headache. 

What is the treatment for chronic daily headaches? 
This type of headache is best treated by physiotherapy, avoiding painkillers and occasionally by antidepressant medications (many of which can be effective against chronic headaches). Primary stabbing headaches Primary stabbing headaches are sometimes called 'ice-pick headaches' or 'idiopathic stabbing headache.' The term 'idiopathic' is used by doctors for something that comes without a cause. These are short, stabbing headaches which are very sudden and severe. They usually last between 5 and 30 seconds, at any time of the day or night, and they feel as if an ice pick is being stuck into your head. They often occur in or just behind the ear and they can be quite frightening. Although they are not migraines they are more common in people who get migraines - almost half of people who experience migraines get primary stabbing headaches. They are often felt in the place on the head where the migraines tend to occur. 

What is the treatment for primary stabbing headaches? 
Primary stabbing headaches are too short to treat, although headache prevention medications may reduce their number. Trigeminal neuralgia Trigeminal neuralgia causes pains - mainly in the face. These consist of extremely short bursts of electric shock-like pain in the face - in the area of the eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, jaws, and/or lips. It is usually one-sided, and is more common in people over the age of 50. It can be triggered by touch or light breeze on the face. 

What is the treatment for trigeminal neuralgia? 
Usually, trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with preventative medicines. 

Migraine - top tips 

What are the different types of secondary headache? 
Sometimes headaches have underlying causes, and treatment of the headache involves treating the cause. People often worry that headaches are caused by serious disease, or by high blood pressure. Both of these are extremely uncommon causes of headache - indeed high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms at all. Chemicals, drugs and substance withdrawal Secondary headaches can be due to a substance, or its withdrawal - for example, carbon monoxide (which is produced by gas heaters which are not properly ventilated), drinking alcohol (with headache often experienced the morning after), and lack of body fluid (dehydration). Medication-overuse headaches, discussed below, are the most common cause of secondary headache. 

Medication-overuse headaches 

Medication-overuse headache is an unpleasant and long-lasting headache. It is caused by taking painkilling medication - usually for headache! Unfortunately, when painkillers are taken regularly for headaches, the body responds by making more pain sensors in the head. Eventually the pain sensors are so many that the head is super-sensitive and the headache won't go away. People who have these headaches often take more and more painkillers to try to feel better. 

What is the treatment for medication-overuse headaches? 
Unfortunately, the treatment is to stop all painkillers for at least a month. Most patients find this very hard to do and take a lot of convincing to even try. The headaches may take weeks or even months to lessen (subside) and may get worse first. Most common painkillers can cause chronic daily headache, but medicines such as ibuprofen - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - are less likely to cause it. If they have not been involved they can be tried as a treatment. Headache preventers are also sometimes used. Many doctors feel that the best way forward is to stop all headache pills and weather the worsening of the headache in order to get better in the end. 

 ▶ Headaches due to referred pain 

Some headaches can be caused by pain in some other part of the head, such as tooth or ear pain, pain in the jaw joint and pains in the neck. Sinusitis is a common cause. The sinuses are 'holes' in the skull which are there to stop it from being too heavy. They are lined with mucous membranes, like the lining of your nose, and produce mucus in response to colds or allergy. The headache of sinusitis is often felt at the front ot the head and also in the face. Often the face feels tender to pressure, particularly just below the eyes and beside the nose. You may have a stuffy nose and the pain is often worse when you bend over. In acute glaucoma the pressure inside the eyes goes up suddenly and this causes a sudden very severe headache behind the eye. The eyeball can feel very hard to touch, the eye is red and the vision is usually affected. 

Exertional headaches/sexual headaches 
Exertional headaches are those associated with physical activity. They can become severe very quickly after a strenuous activity such as running, coughing, sexual intercourse, and straining with bowel movements. Most exertional headaches are harmless. They are more commonly experienced by patients who also get migraines, or who have relatives with migraine. Headaches related to sex particularly worry patients. They can occur as sex begins, at orgasm, or after sex is over. Headaches at orgasm are the most common type. They tend to be severe, at the back of the head, behind the eyes or all over. They last about twenty minutes and are not usually a sign of any other problems. Exertional and sexual intercourse-related headaches are not usually a sign of serious underlying problems. Very occasionally they can be a sign that there is a leaky blood vessel on the surface of the brain, so if they are marked and repeated then it's sensible to discuss them with your doctor. 

What types of headache are serious or dangerous? 

All headaches are unpleasant and some, such as headache from medication misuse, are serious in the sense that if they are not tackled properly they may never go away. However, a few headaches are signs of serious underlying problems. These are uncommon - in many cases very rare. Dangerous headaches tend to occur suddenly, and to get progressively worse over time. They are more common in older people. They include the following: 

Bleeding around the brain (subarachnoid haemorrhage): Subarachnoid haemorrhage is a very serious condition which occurs when a small blood vessel bursts on the surface of the brain. Patients develop a severe headache and stiff neck and may become unconscious. This is a rare cause of severe headache. 

Meningitis and brain infections: Meningitis is infection of the tissues around the brain and encephalitis is infection of the brain itself. Brain infections can be caused by germs called bacteria, viruses or fungi and they are thankfully rare. They cause a severe, disabling headache. Usually patients are sick (vomit) and cannot stand the light. Often they have a stiff neck, too stiff to bend the head down so that the chin touches the chest. Patients are usually also unwell - hot, sweaty and ill. 

Temporal arteritis: Temporal arteritis is, generally, only seen in people over the age of 50. It is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the arteries in the temples and behind the eye. It causes a headache behind the forehead (a frontal headache). Typically the arteries in the forehead are tender and patients notice pain in the scalp when they comb their hair. Often the pain gets worse with chewing. Temporal arteritis is serious because if it is not treated it can cause sudden loss of eyesight. 

Brain tumours: Brain tumour is a very uncommon cause of headaches - although most patients with long-lasting, severe or persistent headaches start to worry that this may be the cause. Brain tumours can cause headaches. Usually the headache of brain tumours is present on waking in the morning, and gets steadily worse from day to day, never easing and never disappearing. It can sometimes be worse on coughing and sneezing (as can sinus headaches and migraines). 

Summary 
Most headaches, whilst unpleasant, are harmless. Headaches are, very rarely, a sign of a serious or sinister underlying condition, and most headaches go away by themselves. It is possible to develop a persistent (chronic) and continuous headache through taking simple painkilling medicines which you took to get rid of your headache. Your doctor can support you through the process of stopping painkillers if this is the case. If you have a headache which is unusual for you then you should discuss it with your doctor. You should also talk to your doctor about headaches which are particularly severe, those which are associated with other symptoms like weakness or tingling, and those which make your scalp sore (especially if you are over 50 years of age). 

Finally, always talk to your doctor if you have an unremitting headache which is present for more than three days or is getting gradually worse. Remember that headaches are less likely to occur in those who manage their stress levels well, eat a balanced, regular diet, take balanced regular exercise, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep. Anything that you can do to improve any of these areas of your life will improve your health and well-being and reduce the number of headaches you experience.

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Migraine - 5 Best Ayurvedic Ways To Treat It!

Dr. Kedar Upadhyay 88% (141 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma in Naturopathy & Yoga - NDDY
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Migraine - 5 Best Ayurvedic Ways To Treat It!

Migraine is a severe headache affecting 1 or more in 10 people, and is basically caused by excessive stimulation of blood vessels. Indigestion, anger, stress, intake of salty and spicy food, excessive exposure to sunlight, skipping meals, tension headaches and alcohol are some common causes of this intolerable headache. Ayurveda has numerous effective remedies for migraine. Here are a few solutions to help you fight this problem.

  1. Shirolepa and shiro dhara are popularly used ayurveda treatments on all types of migraine patients. Shirolepa is the application of effective herbal pastes containing camphor, sandalwood, jatamansi and many more on the affected area. Shiro dhara is the process of pouring stream of thin to thick liquids over the scalp for a specified amount of time. These remedies are very commonly used and are known for their successful healing properties.
  2. Ayurveda presents to you a number of ancient herbs that guarantee you 100 percent relief from migraine. These may include bala, kumari, mallika, amalaki, sariva, yastimadhu, hareetaki and many more. These, when blended and mixed in appropriate quantities, give amazing results.
  3. Apart from these ayurveda treatments, a number of ayurveda medicines are also available. Godnati bhasma, Chandrakala rasa, Kamadugha rasa (mouktika yukta), Bhoonimbadi khada , Shirashooladi vajra rasa, Pathyadi khada are used in the treatment of various types of migraines.
  4. If due to some reason you are unable to access these ayurveda treatments and want immediate relief from the severe headaches, then don’t worry. There are a number of ayurveda home remedies that give you excellent results in a very short period of time. You can use an ice pack and rub it on your temples to reduce pain. Tinospora cordifolia, commonly known as giloy, can be taken with raw honey for instant relief.
  5. You can drop a few drops of paste of saffron and ghee into each of your nostrils and inhale deeply. This can give you amazing results and can reduce your intolerable pain. Applying sandalwood on forehead or a paste of black pepper, rice with bringaraaja juice on your forehead will do wonders to your migraine pain.

Thus, try to avoid things that trigger your pain including alcohol, caffeine, onions, beans, nuts, hunger, stress, pressure and many others, and follow these remedies to help you get rid of your headache that gets worse with time. Try not to skip meals and keep your body hydrated as much as you can. It is advisable to take the medicines and treatments under the guidance of an Ayurveda physician.

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Stress & Headache - Understanding The Relation Between The Two!

Dr. K Kartik Revanappa 91% (17 ratings)
MCh - Neurosurgery , MS - Orthopaedics
Neurosurgeon, Bangalore
Stress & Headache - Understanding The Relation Between The Two!

Stress has become an integral and inevitable part of life. From personal life to professional commitments, the trigger can be anything. While there can be many common and harmful effects of stress, one that deserves a special mention is a headache. Almost 90% of the people worldwide get a Tension Headache (a term often used for a headache associated with stress).

In case, when headache is due to tension,  the head feels tight and heavy. Further, a person may experience pressure mainly around the forehand and also at the back side of the head, moving down to the neck. However, it is important that one does not confuse a tension headache with a migraine. The two are as different as chalk and cheese. A tension headache can be chronic or episodic. A person with a chronic tension headache may suffer from the condition frequently. On the other hand, if a person gets a tension headache for less than 15 days a month, the headache is said to be episodic. The condition is more severe and painful in a chronic tension headache.

What causes a tension headache?
While stress (physical, mental and emotional) is the major contributing factor, the following triggers may also play a pivotal role in a tension headache.

  • Severe anxiety and depression.
  • Lack of a proper rest and sound sleep.
  • Extreme fatigue (physical or mental) or hunger can also result in a tension headache.
  • A person with iron deficiency may also suffer from a tension headache.

Managing a stress related headache
Managing and eliminating stress can go a long way to prevent a tension headache. The following activities are sure to make the situation better

  1. Sleep well to keep stress at bay: Sleep can work wonders to reduce stress and the associated headache. Maintain a healthy sleep cycle. Work is important, but compromising on your sleep is foolish. It is important that you sleep for not less than 6-8 hours daily.
  2. A healthy diet for a stress-free life: A healthy diet can play a significant role to reduce stress, thereby enhancing your moods. Enrich your diet with dark green leafy vegetables, dark chocolates, nuts, probiotics, berries (especially blueberries), seeds (sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower), foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Foods rich in vitamins, magnesium, and potassium are known to be great mood enhancers. Try and avoid processed foods as well as foods rich in fats and complex carbohydrates as much as you can.
  3. Meditation can help: People under stress can benefit immensely from meditations, exercise, and physical activities. Exercise is known to trigger the release of endorphins or feel good hormones. Endorphins can lift up your mood and spirits to a great extent.
  4. Family time: Spending time with your family and loved ones can also help to reduce stress.

Stress and headache can both be managed and taken care of if you follow a healthy lifestyle. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Neurosurgeon.

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Sleeping More Than 8 Hours - How It Can Put Your Health At Risk?

Dr. Mansoor Khan 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Associate Fellow of Industrial Health
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Sleeping More Than 8 Hours - How It Can Put Your Health At Risk?

Sleep is a vital component of the human construct. This is the time when the body restores  itself. While too little sleep can be dangerous for the body, new research has shown that too much sleep has its pitfalls too. Oversleeping is an indication of certain health risk. It also indicates few medical conditions that a person might have. Here is more on the risks of oversleeping:

  1. Difficult to get pregnantA study conducted by a Korean research team in the year 2013 found that out of a sample size of 650 women who were undergoing in-vitro fertilization, the ones who got pregnant had 7-8 hours of daily sleep. The study also suggested that sleep can affect menstrual cycles, circadian rhythms, and hormone secretion. While research is yet to find out a direct co-relation between sleep and infertility, a number of researchers are trying to break the jinx.
  2. Risk of diabetesA Quebec study conducted in 2013 clearly showed that a person who sleeps for more than eight hours in a day is more risk prone to suffer from type 2 diabetes and reduced glucose tolerance. On a six-period time frame, people who sleep for more than 7-8 hours, are more likely to suffer from diabetes related complication, even if they keep body mass under control.
  3. Mental health and depressionDepression is a major symptom of oversleeping. While people with depression tend to suffer from insomnia, an estimated 15 percent patients suffering from depression tend to oversleep. Compared to regular sleepers, the ones who oversleep tend to suffer from anxiety symptoms and persistent depression. A recent study has revealed that sleeping too much can increase the chances of genetic heritability. Another study revealed that people who sleep for more than 10 hours can result in mental illness. Another research conducted at the John Hopkins Medical School revealed that an irregularity of the body’s sleeping clock can lead to temporary mental depression.
  4. Increased inflammation: Oversleeping can increase the risk of certain diseases such as the Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease etc. A study conducted by a group of researchers revealed that women who slept for more than eight hours are likely to suffer from 44 percent higher C-reactive protein. Another study reported that C-reactive increased by more than 8 percent for every hour of additional sleep an individual takes.
  5. More painWhile sleep and rest are often associated with healing, oversleeping can, at times, exacerbate symptoms. Spending too much time in bed can aggravate back and shoulder pain. Oversleeping is also associated with a higher frequency of headaches. Oversleeping often triggers one-sided migraine and increases the level of stress in a person.

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I am having constantly recurring pain in the lower left part of my head i.e. Starting from around the top of my ear till the end where the hairline ends on the same side. Should I do some checkups or can stress be the reason too. I am worried only because it keeps recurring randomly.

Dr. Kalyani Zodey 92% (721 ratings)
BHMS, M.D.
Homeopath, Pune
I am having constantly recurring pain in the lower left part of my head i.e. Starting from around the top of my ear t...
hello lybrate user, unilateral (one-sided) headache is one of symptoms of migraine. more details are needed for proper diagnosis and treatment. Have healthy diet, enough sleep, avoid stress, avoid certain food which triggers headache. Take homeopathic treatment for recurrent headache.It is safe, natural and holistic way of treatment. Natural homeopathic medicines are highly effective for headache complaints. Chronic type of headache needs constitutional treatment where medicine is selected individually on the basis of thorough details of patient like medical history, cause, routine, temperament etc.; such well selected remedy gives complete relief and cure, without any side effects. Message back for online homeopathic consultation. 
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Continuous headache on top of the head feeling like heaviness on head from past 40 days.

Dr. Prem Chand 93% (900 ratings)
MBBS, Craniosacral Balancing, Quantum Touch, Visceral manipulation
Pain Management Specialist, Panchkula
Continuous headache on top of the head feeling like heaviness on head from past 40 days.
Your complaints are suggesting that the reason behind may be any type of stress which need mind management. After mind management mind will come to know in 1st meeting that these problems will not occur again in future &mind being used in stress will be converted into professional progress or any other aspects of life. Mind becomes a super mind i.e no extra thoughts only useful thoughts, how to face comparison etc. You can contact us on Lybrate. More details about the treatment on our profile/personal statement column.
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