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  1. 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 ...

  2. Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    What are cluster headaches? Cluster headaches are severe headaches on one side of your head that happen in groups,or "clusters." They usually occur over weeks or months. Cluster headaches can be so painful that you are not able to follow your normal routine or do your usual activities. The pain is often called the worst type of headache pain. Cluster headaches come in cycles (also called ...

  3. Tension Headache Triggers - Topic Overview

    The most common triggers for tension headaches are physical and emotional stress. Sometimes stress is caused by conditions such as anxiety and depression. If you think you may have anxiety or depression,talk with your doctor. If you treat these conditions,you may get tension headaches less often. If you have tension headaches,ask yourself if you are: Having conflicts within your family or ...

  4. 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.

  5. Antianxiety Medicines for Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    If your tension headaches are triggered by anxiety, you may be treated with an antianxiety medicine, such as buspirone (BuSpar), to reduce anxiety and the frequency of tension headaches.Antianxiety medicines relieve anxiety and nervousness and have a calming effect. In high doses, they may cause drowsiness and sleep. Buspirone reduces mild anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and pain. It is usually taken daily to relieve symptoms and is not addictive if it is used continuously.Generally, side effects are mild and include: Drowsiness. Low blood pressure. A general lack of interest in things (apathy). Dizziness. Forgetfulness. Antianxiety medicines other than buspirone (such as alprazolam) may be tried, but they can become addictive. Buspirone is not habit-forming and may be used for longer periods of time.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Headache Prevention: Posture and Body Mechanics - Topic Overview

    Good posture and the way you move your body can help prevent tension in your neck,shoulders,and upper back muscles. If your headaches seem to be related to tension in this area,be aware of your posture and position during daily activities. This may help prevent headaches. Use good body mechanics all the time,not just when you have a headache or back pain. Keep your back in the neutral ...

  8. Tension Headaches - Living With Tension Headaches

    You may have fewer headaches-and less pain when you do get them-if you: Find and avoid triggers for your headaches. Keep a headache diary to find out what triggers your headaches. Take over-the-counter drugs to stop a headache. Take medicine as your doctor advises to stop or prevent a headache. Reduce stress with relaxation and positive-thinking methods. For more information,see: Headaches: ...

  9. Tension Headaches - Exams and Tests

    Finding out the type of headache you have A doctor can usually diagnose tension headaches by asking you questions about your health and lifestyle and by examining you. It can be hard to know which type of headache you have,because different types can have the same symptoms. But the treatments may be different,so it's important to find out which type you have. Your doctor may diagnose tension ...

  10. 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).

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