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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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).

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Migraine Headache Treatment

    Migraine headaches can be treated with two drug approaches: abortive and preventive. Learn more from WebMD about how each type works to curb or shorten migraines.

  9. Antidepressants for Migraine Headaches - Topic Overview

    Antidepressant medications,which are usually used to treat depression,can be effective in preventing migraine headaches. Antidepressants have some pain-relieving properties and may reduce duration and frequency of headaches. Antidepressants are also used to improve sleep problems. Tricyclic antidepressants are used most to prevent migraines. Amitriptyline and nortriptyline are used most ...

  10. Migraine Headaches - Symptoms

    The most common symptom of a migraine headache is a throbbing pain on one side of your head. You also may have other symptoms before,during,and after a migraine. Different people have different symptoms. Symptoms before the migraine begins A day or two before a migraine starts,you may feel: Depressed or cranky. Very happy,very awake,or full of energy. Restless or nervous. Very sleepy. ...

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