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    1. Tension Headache Classifications - Topic Overview

      There are two main types of migraine headache:Migraine without aura (common migraine). Most people with migraines have common migraines. This type of migraine causes a throbbing pain on one side of the head. The pain is moderate to severe and gets worse with normal physical activity. You also may have nausea and vomiting and may feel worse around light and sound. The headache lasts 4 to 72 hours if it is not treated. A common migraine doesn't begin with an aura.Migraine with aura (classic migraine). Some people with migraines get an aura up to 30 minutes before they have a migraine. Symptoms of the aura include seeing wavy lines, flashing lights, or objects that look distorted. Other symptoms include tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling. Other types of migraine headache include:Menstrual migraine. Many women have migraines around their menstrual cycle. These occur a few days before, during, or right after their period. The symptoms are the same as those of common or classic

    2. Calcium Channel Blockers for Migraine Headaches

      Drug details for Calcium channel blockers for migraine headaches.

    3. Seizure Medicine to Prevent Migraine Headaches

      Drug details for Seizure medicine to prevent migraine headaches.

    4. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Headaches: Managing a Headache

    5. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Topic Overview

      Petasites hybridus plant extract, known as butterbur, has been used for years to prevent migraine headaches. Studies show it is effective at reducing the frequency of migraines.1Experts are not sure what causes migraines.Researchers are unclear exactly how butterbur helps to prevent migraines. But some research suggests that it may prevent swelling and relieve pressure on the blood vessels. Another theory is that it may affect calcium channels, which experts also believe may be related to migraines. More research is needed to find out how butterbur helps prevent migraines.Butterbur is available as a supplement (tablet or capsule). It is marketed under the brand name Petadolex. It is important to find butterbur that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency. Do not consume butterbur from the plant itself because it has toxic properties, which are removed in the standardized supplement.Some people may

    6. Feverfew for Migraines - Topic Overview

      Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is an herb that has been studied a lot for migraine prevention. Some small studies show that it may help prevent migraines in some people. But most experts think the benefits are still unproved.1Feverfew is available as dried leaf powder, tablet, capsule, and tea. If you would like to try feverfew to help prevent your migraine headaches, it is important to find feverfew that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency.Side effects of feverfew are usually mild but can include stomach upset and allergic reaction, such as a skin rash. People who chew on the feverfew leaves sometimes develop open sores (ulcers) in the mouth. Feverfew is not recommended for use by young children or by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.Be sure to tell your doctor before you take feverfew. Like any drug, it can interact with other medicines that you are taking or affect your health in ways

    7. Cluster Headaches: Conditions With Similar Symptoms - Topic Overview

      Generally,headaches have many causes,including tension or changes to blood vessels (vascular changes). But only a few other conditions have symptoms that are similar to cluster headaches,such as: Migraine headaches,which cause one-sided pain in the head,face,and neck. But while migraine pain starts on one side of the head,it may spread to the entire head-something a cluster headache ...

    8. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Headaches: Managing a Headache

    9. Tension 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 ...

    10. Triptans (Serotonin Receptor Agonists) for Migraine Headaches

      Drug details for Triptans (serotonin receptor agonists) for migraine headaches.

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