Headache Help! NurseWise Shares Tips for Those Battling Headaches



I don’t know where you live, but here in New York the pollen is CRAZY! My green car literally looks yellow from all the pollen that has fallen on it. When I clean the windows in my home you can see the pollen on the dust rag too – on the INSIDE of my home.

All these allergens swirling around in the air is making my whole family stuffy. Our asthmatic cat has been wheezing like crazy too.

Sometimes being congested causes you to have a headache. But is it REALLY a headache caused by stuffiness and congestion, or could it be another kind of headache.

NurseWise offers information on the various types of headaches so you can try and figure out which one you are experiencing and what you can do to remedy it. NurseWise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation in the business of providing multilingual telehealth (nurse triage and health education) services. They partner with health plans, hospitals, providers, colleges and universities, and other specialty organizations to ensure all callers have access to high quality, appropriate care.

Chances are you or someone you know has suffered from a headache recently. That’s because there are multiple types and causes for headaches. The health professionals at NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health education provider, have put together a quick resource to help you determine which type of headache you’re suffering – and tips for how to feel better as soon as possible.

“A headache can strike at any time,” said Kim Tuck, RN, Chief Executive Officer of NurseWise. “Knowing the kind of headache you have is the first step to being able to treat it.”

Here are the most common types of headaches, along with some tips to help ease your pain: 

Tension headaches: A continuous pain typically caused from stress or fatigue, tension headaches are also attributed to physical and psychological issues and depression – and are the most common of all types of headaches in adults. During a tension headache you feel a constant ache, like a rubber band tightening around your head. The pain primarily occurs in your forehead, temples and back of your head and neck. Reducing the occurrence and severity of tension headaches is a result of maintaining healthy habits, such as using stress reduction techniques, getting regular exercise and deep breathing techniques.Some people also benefit from other non-medication treatments like massage and acupuncture. Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can help, but repeated use them can actually become a cause of headaches. Try to lessen your pain through non-medication methods, and talk to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) about medication options.

Migraine headaches: Everyone suffers migraines in their own way but typically the pain begins as a dull ache before developing into a constant pulsating pain in the temples or one side of the head. The pain can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting plus sensitivity to light and noise. Vision disturbances (sometimes called auras) can happen as a “warning sign” for about 20 percent of sufferers. Most migraines last at least four hours, although severe ones can last up to a week. For mild migraines, over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen may help lessen the pain. For moderate migraines, there are over-the-counter options that use a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine to ease suffering. For more severe migraines, there are two prescription medication options:  1.) medication to treat migraines when they occur and 2.) preventative medications that are taken regularly  to help to reduce reoccurrence and pain levels if they do occur. All migraine suffers can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Contact your primary care physician (PCP) to discuss your options.

Allergy-induced headaches: If your pain is in your sinus area or is throbbing on one side of your head, you may be experiencing an allergy headache. As the name implies, these headaches are the result of external triggers, which can include foods, smoke and natural pollutants. While there are over-the-counter medication options available, the best course of action is to identify what your triggers are and avoid them. If you feel that you’ve done your best to avoid your triggers, talk to your PCP about seeing an allergist for prescription medication options.

Cluster headaches: Characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, cluster headaches have related unilateral symptoms such as same-side jaw pain, watery eye or nasal congestion. Often described as the most painful headache type, cluster headaches are brief but reoccurring. Unlike migraine and tension headaches, males are more likely to develop cluster headaches than females. While there is no cure, there are medical treatments that can help. Over-the-counter medications are less effective with this type of headache, but fast-acting treatments are available through your medical provider. Contact your PCP to learn more.

For more information about headaches, please visit www.Headaches.org.

For information about NurseWise visit www.NurseWise.com or contact them at Infor@NurseWise.com.

Do YOU suffer from headaches? What kind of headache do you normally get and what do you do to make it go away so you feel better?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own except noted by the article’s author. This article is shared by permission.

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Women’s Lung Health Week (May 10th – May 16th) #ShareYourVoice


Women's Health

Did you know that every 8 minutes a woman in the U.S. dies from lung cancer.

Wow. That is a scary statistic. I would have thought breast cancer would have been the #1 cancer killer of women. Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer.

Even scarier – only one percent of women cite lung cancer as a women’s cancer that is on top of their minds. I am one of the 99% of women who don’t put lung cancer on top of my cancer worry list. I’m more concerned about breast, skin and uterine cancer. Knowing these stats I’m going to have to put lung cancer on top of my list too.

In honor of Women’s Lung Health Week (May 10, 2015 – May 16, 2015), the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, in partnership with national presenting sponsor, CVS Health, is uniting women and men everywhere to share their voice and make lung cancer a public health priority.

To help raise awareness about lung cancer in women, LUNG FORCE is asking people to wear the color turquoise (“Turquoise Takeover”). They would like people to upload their photos to social media using the hashtag #ShareYourVoice.


With your support, LUNG FORCE will:

  • Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on
  • Empower everyone to understand this is not only a “smoker’s disease”
  • Educate key decision makers
  • Work for advances in early detection screening so that everyone has a fighting chance
  • Offer encouragement and support to everyone who has been touched by lung cancer

Together, we have to make the lung cancer epidemic in women a public health priority and change the thinking about this deadly disease. It starts with us.

Recently celebrities like Laura Dern, Kellie Pickler and Valerie Harper Among were among the notable voices kicking off National Women’s Lung Health Week at an event in New York City.

“We’ve made great strides since launching LUNG FORCE last year, however, there’s still work to be done,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “As the American public’s go-to resource for lung health, the American Lung Association has the responsibility to address this urgent health issue. We take that very seriously and are asking all Americans to join us in the fight against lung cancer in women by sharing their voices.”

The American Lung Association also debuted a new video starring notable women personally affected by lung cancer including Dern, Harper, Pickler and other lung cancer patients and caregivers.


Dern lost her grandfather to lung cancer and famously portrayed Cheryl Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer, in the film adaptation of Strayed’s New York Times bestseller Wild. Dern received a 2015 Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film.

“Through my own experiences and playing Cheryl’s mother who died of lung cancer, I felt compelled to learn more about this disease and to educate others,” shared Dern. “Our strongest weapon in the fight against lung cancer is our voices. And that’s why I’m lending mine to LUNG FORCE – to make lung cancer a disease people care about and fight against.”

Harper understands firsthand why lung cancer must become a priority. She has been surviving the disease since 2009. Given as few as three months to live in 2013, Harper decided to set aside her death sentence, work on her treatment and go on living life as fully as possible. Two years later, she rejoins LUNG FORCE for another year to continue sharing her personal experience with women and men everywhere in an effort to defeat this terrible disease.

Like Harper, country music star, Pickler, has supported LUNG FORCE since the initiative’s launch. She is lending her voice in memory of her grandmother who died of lung cancer just one day after she was diagnosed. Pickler’s grandmother played an important role in her life and continues to serve as an inspiration for her work.

You can also help raise awareness for this cause. One way is through CVS/pharmacy. Up until May 23, 2015 customers can support LUNG FORCE when they donate $1, $3, or more at the register or online at www.CVS.com/Lung (all proceeds will support the movement). CVS Health is the National Presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE.

“An important part of our decision to stop selling tobacco products was our dedication to helping people on their path to better health. Our partnership with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE helps us extend that purpose to so many women and their families,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. “As we kick off the second year of our LUNG FORCE in-store fundraising campaign, we will continue to make significant strides in helping women understand the prevalence of lung cancer and reaffirm our commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives.”

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The American Lung Association is asking Americans to share their voices in the fight against lung cancer. Visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to participate:

  • SHARE: Share your voice on social media using the hashtag #ShareYourVoice and #LUNGFORCE or in one of the following ways:
  • Turn your social media profiles turquoise or post a turquoise selfie, using the hashtag #ShareYourVoice and #LUNGFORCE. Like the LUNG FORCE Facebook page and follow LUNG FORCE on Twitter
  • If lung cancer has touched your life or someone you love, please share your story at LUNGFORCE.org/share-your-story
  • Tell your local Senators and Representatives to invest in lung cancer research at LUNGFORCE.org/take-action
  • DONATE: A donation supports the American Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and public health promotion, including early detection, clinical trials, biomarker testing and more federal research funding, as well as the overall mission of the American Lung Association.
  • WALK: Commit to fundraise and rally friends, neighbors and colleagues to stand together and fight lung cancer at a LUNG FORCE walk. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org/walk.

For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit Lung.org.

For more information about LUNG FORCE go to LUNGFORCE.org.

If you share any information about this campaign on social media please include the hashtag #ShareYourVoice.

Have you personally been affected by lung cancer? Feel free to share your story.

American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Launches Its Share Your Voice Initiative In NYC


*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the benefit of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Cold vs. Allergies



Here in New York (and I suspect other parts of the country) pollen and other allergens have been sky high. My green car is actually yellow from all the pollen. Our poor asthmatic cat has been wheezing pretty much every day. It’s horrible!

I work with little kids and many of them are coming in to our classroom with eyes that are swollen from allergies. Not only that they are coughing, sneezing and have runny noses. I feel bad for the little ones because you can tell they feel horrible.

Even though people are suffering from really bad allergies right now, it’s still possible that what you are experiencing is not allergies after all but rather a cold. Its still possible to catch a cold in the Spring and Summer. Colds never go away. They are just less prevalent in the warmer weather because people are not confined to staying indoors where cold germs bounce from person to person. When the weather gets nicer people spend more time outdoors and the cold germs have a harder time finding their next “victim.”

If you find that you are feeling blah and under the weather, don’t reach for the allergy medication just yet. Check to make sure you don’t have a cold.

Check out this infographic (below) to see if what you are experiencing is truly allergies or the dreaded common cold.


Are you dealing with a cold or allergies right now? If so, how do you find relief? Feel free to share your thoughts.


*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the benefit of my site readers.

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National Women’s Health Week – Free Inspiring Breast Cancer Guide “The Silver Lining”


Women's Health

Did you know that this is National Women’s Health Week? It started on May 10, 2015.

As a woman I SHOULD take better care of my health. Like most women I am running around doing this and that, taking care of my family and attending to their needs, cleaning my home, cooking meals and a million other things. Taking care of “me” is never a priority – but it should be. I think many women are guilty of neglecting their health.

I have a few doctor’s I know I need to make appointments to see. I am slowly doing that. I just went to have my eyes checked (the last time was four years ago) and I have an appointment with my OB/GYN later on this month. The next doctor I’d like to see if the Dermatologist to have him check out the moles on my skin. I had to have six “suspicious” ones removed a few years ago and I want to make sure that there are no more that I should be concerned about.

Allstate has teamed up with author Hollye Jacobs, to promote New York Times bestselling book “The Silver Lining.” The guide book was written to help women diagnosed with breast cancer as well as their friends and families. The book empowers women to take control of their health and their happiness. Both Allstate and Jacobs are on a mission to connect women nationwide by sharing their silver lining stories.

“Sharing advice and support through the partnership with Allstate and ‘The Silver Lining Companion Guide’ is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach everyone impacted by breast cancer,” said Jacobs. “I wish I had this guide when I was going through breast cancer. This is what inspired me to write the book and support those who are going through this experience, just as those who came before me made my path more bearable and more effective.”

The Silver Lining

On May 14, 2015 (today) Jacobs will launch the Spanish version of the guide to accompany the English version currently being shared with women nationwide. Joining that mission is Adamari Lopez, a well-known Latina actress, personality and breast cancer survivor. Together, the women will share their experiences, inspirations and wishes to support others impacted by breast cancer with the help of the free guide.

Did you know that in 2014, it is estimated that more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. That is a very scary thought.

Did you also know that MEN can get breast cancer too? My paternal grandfather had breast cancer and had to have his left breast removed. That was back in the mid-80’s. He was left with a huge scar.

“No woman should be alone in the struggle against breast cancer,” said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. “This guide will be a source of comfort, knowledge and inspiration. We are thrilled to be able to help magnify Hollye’s voice for those women who hear the dreaded words, ‘You have breast cancer.’ This completely aligns with Allstate’s purpose which is to be a force for good in local communities and protect people from life’s uncertainties.”

The Silver Lining guide book is available FOR FREE. It’s available in both English and Spanish versions. You can download it and read it from any e-reader or your computer. In addition, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country.

If you would like to download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, visit Allstate.com/SilverLining.

Please pass on this information to all the women you know in your life as well as your followers on social media (Facebook, Twitter…) in hopes that women and their loved ones having to deal with a breast cancer diagnosis.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers, their families and friends. Any opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Gut Bacteria and Weight Loss

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not my own. 


We all know that eating healthy and regularly exercising can result in a much healthier lifestyle and will provide us with a lean, muscular physique – but is that all there is to the story? Well, researchers in China have been looking at how the bacteria in our body can impact our weight gain or weight loss. Even though cutting out calories and following a strict exercise regime has proven to be effective. When it comes to weight loss, the researchers think that the secret may be in our bacteria and that changing the type of bacteria in our body, could prove to be more effective than simply cutting calories and exercising.

There are many biological reasons for why the bacteria in our body may promote weight gain. Just one of these examples would be the bacteria known as enterobacteria – high levels of this could result in an insulin resistance, meaning that you wouldn’t feel full after eating just a standard meal, you may need double or even triple the amount in order to satisfy your hunger. Already we can see that the bacteria in our gut can play a big role in our body composition and can be a determining factor in whether we gain weight or lose weight. By taking this into account we should be able to further increase our chances of achieving our ideal physique and living a healthier lifestyle.

Calculating our caloric allowance and eating at a calorie deficit is the number one way to lose weight, but even if a person does this, their performance could still be limited. If the bacteria in their body are fighting against them – for example, if their body contained too many enterobacteria.


Scientists in Shanghai recently conducted a study on 93 obese people in order to test their thesis of gut bacteria affecting weight gain and weight loss. The scientists administered the volunteers with a stack of supplements that would promote the growth of certain types of bacteria and diminish the levels of the other bacteria which would limit their performance. They also accompanied this alongside a balanced diet. The participants of the study were weighed, measured, and required to fill out a survey about what food they had eaten in the previous 24 hours. The surveys were taken at 30-day, nine-week, and 23-week intervals.

Over just nine weeks, the participants of the trial lost 5kg (approximately 11lbs) on average. However, due to the nature of the study and the fact that the participants could not be monitored at all times – meaning that they could stray from their diet or do other things that could impact the result of the study. It’s not possible to come to an exact conclusion in regards to how much gut bacteria impacts our weight gain or weight loss. We can’t say that the amount of certain bacteria in our body is the result of our weight gain because there is a correlation, but correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation.

In the end, a healthy and balanced diet is a proven method if you’re looking to lose weight. Accompany this alongside a strict exercise regime, and you’ll be on your way to your ideal physique in a relatively short space of time. Gut bacteria may place an important role in our body composition, but there isn’t enough evidence to prove this just yet. So for now we will have to settle for the old method of diet and exercise.

Many people fail to lose weight using the standard method, and it’s usually because we are ill-informed and bombarded with ‘fads’ – routines and nutritional plans that promise great results. But never live up to their expectations – however, we can lose weight by looking at the problem objectively and by not making excuses. Firstly you will need a healthy and balanced diet, you can work this out by first calculating your Total Energy Expenditure (TEE). If you want to lose weight, eat below this, if you want to gain weight then eat this number. As far as exercise goes, it doesn’t really matter what you do in the gym if you’re new to fitness, as long as you get in there and do something you will see great results.



1) Turnbaugh, Peter J.; Ley, Ruth E.; Mahowald, Michael A.; Magrini, Vincent; Mardis, Elaine R.; Gordon, Jeffrey I. (2006). “An obesity-associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for energy harvest”

2) http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/news/20140820/your-gut-bacteria

3) https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/

Author Bio:

Stevan McGrath loves to explore the world through traveling and thrilling getaways that adventure lovers may dream of exploring. His writing domain revolves around topics like health and fitness, wearable technologies, product reviews, skincare science etc. He is a contributing writer to various other websites since 2011. His articles are well-researched and published on several websites. You can follow him on TwitterFacebook and Google+ for daily inspiration.

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baladea fitness + wellness system


baladea fitnes system

Can you believe it’s almost officially the summer season? That means plenty of days spent pool side or on the beach. For some people that can be one of the most difficult things to deal with.

When it comes to the long, cold winter months many of us tend to put on weight. That is OK when you are buried under layers of clothing, but when it’s time to shed your winter clothing and put on a bathing suit, many of us are frantic to lose weight and get in shape as quickly as possible to be bikini (or bathing suit) ready.

There are a lot of exercise programs on the market – probably more than I can count. Some are fine where as others are not worth a dime. I have tried many over the years and have found some that work really good and others that have been a total waste of my time.

I am an obese person who does very little exercise, except taking the dog for a walk. We also live in a condo so I cannot do things like jumping jacks and bouncing around because the floor shakes and I’m pretty sure the downstairs neighbors would not be to keen about their ceiling vibrating either. For that reason I opt for exercises that are more laid back and not very “high octane.”

I was sent to review a while back the baladea fitness + wellness system (it’s spelled with lower case letters).


Created by celebrity trainer Holly Perkins, baladea is the smarter way to slim down, tone up, and feel energized. Why does baladea work? New scientific studies show that stress reduction and relaxation can significantly improve weight loss. baladea takes full advantage of this discovery by fusing fitness and wellness into one wildly-effective combination.

The full system consists of several DVDs, booklets and other goodies.

  • 8 effective DVDs: Introduction hello, calm, flow, yoga, advanced, fusion, slim, and power
  • Premium resistance band + bag
  • Lifestyle guide: Exclusive success secrets and expert advice to help you succeed and stay motivated
  • Nutrition guide: Easy-to-follow and calorie-counting-free! Losing weight has never been more delicious
  • Three workout calendars: Pick your goal: Maximum weight-loss, complete well-being, or minimum time investment
  • Online community: Access to exclusive articles, the best recipes, expert tips, and much more

I like using DVDs to work out to. They are easier to see than trying to watch them off my computer.

I like that there are different DVDs for different types of work outs. I was surprised to see a yoga DVD and one that teaches you about de-stressing (calm).

The host, Holly Perkins, it likable. She’s not one of those annoying personalities that bother you like nails on a chalkboard. I have experienced work out DVDs where I simply cannot stand the host/hostess and I find it difficult to work out in that situation.

There are a nice mix of workouts for you to choose from (DVDs). The system also gives you workout calenders to suit your needs. For me, someone who is obese and never works out, I needed to make “baby steps.”

I found that the workouts were a bit too long for someone like me. I have to do them in “mangeable chunks.” If you are someone who works out regularly, or have in the past, then you should be able to follow along nicely. For “couch potatoes,” this might be a bit harder to follow along with.

For this reason I have had to “tweak” the program to work for me. I pop in a DVD depending on what I want to do. If I just want some easy exercises I’ll pop in calm or yoga (I’m not really that “bendy” for some of the yoga workout).

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My daughter, who is more physically fit and exercises on a regular basis (including working out at the gym) can follow along with this program a lot easier than I can.

I like the resistance band. I’ve always enjoyed that as a form of exercise. You get a decent workout without putting too much strain on your body. I also like how there are several different exercises you can do with the band so that you don’t get bored working out with it.

The lifestyle and nutrition booklets are a nice addition to the system, although most of the information is pretty much common sense stuff and information that most people already know. None the less it’s a nice addition to this set for those who have no formal experience healthy eating and exercise.

As far as DVD workout programs go, the baladea fitness + wellness system is a nice option. It gives you a nice assortment of workouts to keep you from getting bored, and the exercise band is a great little piece of equipment that you can take with you where ever you go.

If you would like more information pleas visit baladea.com.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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