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  1. Tension Headaches - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? Headaches: Should I take prescription medicine for tension headaches? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in ...

  2. Types of Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    There are 2 types of cluster headaches : Episodic cluster headaches are the most common type of cluster headaches. People with episodic cluster headaches have cluster periods of 1 to 3 months when they are prone to having headaches. The cluster periods are followed by headache-free periods (remissions) of 6 months or more. About 90% of people who have cluster headaches have episodic cluster ...

  3. Symptoms Before a Migraine - Topic Overview

    You may develop subtle symptoms before a migraine headache begins. They may occur before migraines with or without visual and nervous system symptoms (aura).These symptoms usually develop 24 to 48 hours before the headache starts and may include:Hunger, thirst, food cravings, or loss of appetite.Mood changes (depression, euphoria or feeling of well-being, or irritability).Changes in energy level (restlessness, sleepiness, excessive energy, nervousness, or calmness).Change in consciousness (drowsiness or hyperalertness).

  4. Migraine Headaches - Treatment Overview

    You can't cure migraines,but you can use medicines and other treatments to feel better. The goal of treatment is to reduce how often you get migraines and to stop the headaches with the fewest drug side effects. Your doctor may have you try several types of medicines and may adjust the doses to manage your migraines. Find and avoid migraine triggers You can reduce how many migraines you have ...

  5. Tension Headache Classifications - Topic Overview

    Tension-type headaches are classified as:1Infrequent episodic. You may have this type of headache if you get a headache less often than 1 day a month (or fewer than 12 days a year). The pain is mild to moderate. You may feel pressure or tightening across your forehead (like a vise grip) and at your temples, back of your head, or neck. You may have pain on both sides of your head. You also may feel sensitive to light or noise (but not both). This type of headache doesn't cause nausea or vomiting. These headaches don't get worse with physical activity. Frequent episodic. You may have this type of headache if you have a headache on more than 1 day but fewer than 14 days each month (or more than 12 but fewer than 180 days a year). The pain is mild to moderate. You may feel pressure or tightening across your forehead (like a vise grip) and at your temples, back of your head, or neck. You may have pain on both sides of your head. You also may feel sensitive to light or noise (but not both).

  6. Physical Exam for Headaches - Topic Overview

    A careful physical exam is needed to make sure the nervous system is working normally and to discover clues about the cause of a person's headaches. Results of the exam can help determine whether further testing is needed. During the physical exam,the doctor will: Check your temperature. If you have a fever,your headache may be caused by an infection. Check your blood pressure. Examine and ...

  7. Migraines: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

    The best way to manage migraine headaches is to avoid them. By identifying and avoiding migraine triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. While some triggers may be out of your control, others are easily avoidable. The following points can help you prevent a migraine:Identify your migraine triggers in a headache diary(What is a PDF document?).Get regular sleep and ...

  8. Migraine Headaches - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? Headaches: Should I Take Medicine to Prevent Migraines? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a ...

  9. Migraine Headaches - Other Treatment

    Some people find that complementary treatments reduce how many migraines they have or how bad the migraines are. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some headaches. 1 Biofeedback. This is a way to control a body function-such as ...

  10. Tension Headaches - Prevention

    Finding and avoiding the things-or triggers-that lead to tension headaches can reduce how often you get headaches and how bad they are when you do get them. Headache triggers can include: Stress. Anxiety. Fatigue. Hunger. Using a headache diary (What is a PDF document?) can help you find your triggers. You write down when you have a headache and how bad it is,along with details such as ...

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