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    I am a 50 year I'd woman and have noticed that I often have a headache when I first wake up . What could be the cause of this?

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

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    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic ... View Profile
    Headaches are the bodies warning light for many different issues. Anything from a disease process to a simple mechanical neck issue can cause it. 

    Start with ruling out the worst by visiting your GP. If all is clear, see your chiropractor for a spinal assessment to determine what may be causing the issue. 
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    Dr Adam Arnold

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    I specialize in working with the nervous system to ensure your body is working well. This includes but is not limited to musculoskeletal care. I ... View Profile
    All of the above are correct, have any serious issues ruled out.  If there is no serious pathology, a couple of things to look at as well are:
    1. hydration.  while you sleep, your body loses alot of water.  So make sure you are drinking at least 1.5 liters per day.  we need to drink more the heavier we weigh.  remember tea and coffee or any caffeinated beverages are not water and they dehydrate you further
    2. If you have neck pain associated with the headaches, this could be a  pillow issue
    3. If you have neck pain this could also indicate you have a neck problem that a chiropractor or other health care professional might be able to help.
    4. Watching TV, reading, using the computer before bed could be causing some eye strain and stressing your body.  Have your eyes checked.
    Finally, remember point one above, see a qualified health care professional who can lead you in the right direction.
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    Dr Ben Schutte

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    I am a vitalistic chiropractor. Vitalism as a concept, in part, means that the whole is much more than the some of the parts. The ... View Profile
    If the headache clears up after having a shower and getting dressed, then this physical activity may  have normalised your blood sugar. This may mean you are hypoglycaemic. One way around this is to have a protein/fat snake before bed. The best solution is a hand full of nuts like macadamia, walnut or almonds.

    Taking a supplement with “blood glucose tolerance factor” aka chromium and fenugreek can help.Most health food stores will have this.

    Becoming arobically fit may also help
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    Kerry Read

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    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All ... View Profile
    You could be grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep? Notice if your jaw is tight on waking or if your jaw takes a while to loosen up. Ask your dentist if your teeth are showing patterns of wear.
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