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    1. Migraine or Sinus Headache?

      Headache pain along with a stuffy, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. Sounds like a sinus headache, right? Think again. More than 4 out of 5 people who think they have a sinus headache actually have a migraine. "It's such a widespread misconception," says Peter Goadsby, MD, who heads the University

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    2. What Are Tension Headaches?

      These are the most common type of headache. They can feel like pressing or a tight band around your head. "Experts originally called it a tension headache because they thought that the muscles were tight or tense," says Jason Rosenberg, MD, director of Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "It turned out t

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    3. 6 Tips to Beat a Mild Headache

      Your headache isn’t terrible. But it’s definitely there. Should you wait to see if it goes away? "The most important thing to do is catch the headache early, before it gets worse," says Allen A. Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine. There are many ways to get relief.

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    4. Treating Your Migraine Headache

      You've got lots of options to ease the pain. First, your doctor will need to know how often you get headaches and how bad they are. That will help her decide on a treatment plan to recommend for you. It helps to keep a daily diary about your headaches. Every day, simply note whether you got one, and

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    5. 3 Steps to Treat a Tension Headache

      First, check that it really is a tension headache. Usually it causes tightness or pressure in a band-like area around your forehead and head. The pain won't be intense, either. Medicine, stress relief, and keeping up a healthy lifestyle are some of the best ways to treat and prevent your headaches.

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    6. Does the Time of Year Affect Cluster Headaches?

      The changing of seasons can trigger cluster headaches, which happen one or more times a day for a few weeks or months. Clusters are common in the fall and spring, when we adjust our clocks for daylight saving time. They're also common in January and February, when the days are short, and in July and

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    7. Would Neurostimulation Help My Cluster Headaches?

      You’ve tried everything for your cluster headaches, and you've gotten no relief. Is it time to look into an experimental treatment called neurostimulation? The basic idea is to use electricity to activate nerve cells, which alters your body’s pain signals, says Joel R. Saper, MD, founder and directo

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    8. Can Exercise Tame Your Tension Headaches?

      The moment you feel your head start to pound, you might want to reach for medicine or close your eyes and lie down in the dark. But if it’s a tension headache, there’s a surprising solution: exercise. If the last thing you feel like doing is going for a run or sweating it out at the gym, no worries.

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    9. Alternative Treatments for Tension Headaches

      When a tension headache strikes, most people head for their medicine cabinet or drugstore, looking for an over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But if you get them often, that plan can backfire. “Frequent use of these drugs can cause rebound headaches,” says Priyanka Chaudh

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    10. When Cluster Headaches Make You Anxious or Blue

      Cluster headaches can get to you. They’re very painful and unpredictable, a combination that can make you feel anxious or depressed. “There is a certain amount of fear of the next attack, and fear of doing things that may trigger a headache,” says Noah Rosen, MD. He directs Northwell Health’s Headac

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