The ‘quicker’ way to get rid of headaches – lay on a certain side says Doctor Hilary

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Frequent headaches undermine quality of life. The pain can impair your ability to perform even basic tasks. If you find painkillers are not doing their proper job, try laying on your right hand side after taking them.

That’s the advice from TV’s Doctor Hilary. Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, he cited the science behind this approach.

“Scientists have taken models of the anatomy of the stomach,” he explained.

They reckon if you want to get rid of your headache quickly – and you are going to take a pill for it – lay on your right hand side, he said.


Why? “The lower part of your stomach – where much of the absorption takes place quickly – is preferentially affected by the tablet you’re taking.”

By doing this, “absorption is quicker”, said the TV doc.

There’s also “more churning movement”, he said, which should ultimately result in “quicker relief of the headache”.

According to Doctor Hilary, this would apply to any medicine unless it’s “slow release”.

He estimated the pain relief should kick in within five or 10 minutes, although it may vary from person to person.

Your turkey and cheese sandwich and small bar of dark chocolate might be a tasty lunch, but beware of the headache that could follow it.

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The NHS explains: “All these foods contain chemicals that can bring on a migraine.”

According to the health body, other culprits include aged cheeses such as stilton and brie, diet fizzy drinks, and processed meats and fish.

“If you’re concerned about avoiding any food-related trigger factor, see your GP or practice nurse or ask to be referred to a dietitian for specialist advice.”

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