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  1. Lifestyle Tips to Manage Migraines

    Brian Carter, 41, had his first migraine in his 20s. "I worked from home, and I'd try to keep working but couldn't," he says. "I'd get nauseous. Doing anything felt painful, so I'd lie down and put a pillow over my head." Sound familiar? If you're one of the 36 million Americans who get migraines, y

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  2. 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 with symptoms like pain in the head, stuffy nose, and watery eyes actually have migraine headaches. "It's such a wi

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  3. Treatments for Tension Headaches

    Medicine, stress relief, and keeping up a healthy lifestyle are some of the best ways to treat and prevent your tension headaches. Your first step is to make sure you've really got a tension headache. Usually it causes tightness or pressure in a band-like area around your forehead and head. The pain

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  4. Seasonal Changes and Cluster Headaches

    The changing of seasons can trigger cluster headaches, which happen one or more times a day for a few weeks or months. Cluster headaches 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

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  5. Treating Your Migraine Headache

    You've got lots of choices to ease your painful migraine. Your doctor will want to find out more about the timing and strength of your headaches before suggesting a treatment plan for you. Anne H. Calhoun, MD, partner and co-founder of the Carolina Headache Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, suggests you

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  6. How to Treat Mild Headache Pain

    When you have a headache, there are many ways to get relief. Act fast and you can keep your headache from getting worse. Many tension headaches, which are triggered by stress, fatigue, anxiety, and anger, can be stopped in their tracks with store-bought painkillers. Try one of these: Acetaminophen A

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  7. Reduce Stress to Prevent Headaches

    Want to nip your headache in the bud? Try one of these stress-busting techniques. "Poor sleep increases the body's stress response," says Jason D. Rosenberg, MD, director of Johns Hopkins Headache Center. Getting enough shut-eye can keep headaches at bay. Try for 7 to 8 hours a night and stick to a

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  8. Tension Headaches

    You don't have to let tension headaches get in the way of work or play. Medicine and stress relief can help. Here's how to know when you've got one and how to get relief. People often describe it as a pressing or tight band around their head. "Experts originally called it a tension headache, because

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  9. Food Triggers for Migraines

    There are all sorts of things that can trigger migraines. For some people, it might just be lunch. Studies have proven only a few foods, or substances in foods, seem to bring on headaches in a lot of people.  "I don't recommend a particular diet to anybody with migraines. But if somebody says, 'Anyt

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  10. 5 Important Lifestyle Changes for Migraine Patients

    Jennifer Metzger, a 40-year-old attorney and mom of two young daughters in northern New Jersey, has battled migraines since she was 10. "Back then, they didn't call them migraines," she says. "My mom always said that I was 'prone to headaches.'" Over the years, Metzger says she's tried pretty much e

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