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  1. Diagnosing Migraines and Headaches With MRI

    MRI can't diagnose migraines or headaches but it can rule out other medical conditions.

  2. Diagnosing Migraines and Headaches With an EEG

    An electroencephalogram (EEG) may be done to look for causes of migraines or headaches. Here's what to expect.

  3. Migraine Headache Diary

    Print this migraine diary and use it to keep track of your headaches.

  4. Tension Headaches - Cause

    The cause of tension headaches is not clear. In the past,doctors believed that tension or spasms of the muscles of the neck,face,jaw,head,or scalp played a role in causing these headaches. Now they think a change in brain chemistry may also help cause a tension headache. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can be brought on-or triggered -by things such as stress ...

  5. Migraine Headaches - Medications

    Two kinds of medicines are used to treat migraines: Medicines to stop a migraine. These are sometimes called abortive medicines. These may be over-the-counter or prescription medicines. If you take the medicine at the first sign you're getting a migraine,you may stop the headache before it starts. Medicines to prevent migraines. These drugs are often called preventive medicines. You get ...

  6. Migraine Headaches - Prevention

    You may be able to have fewer migraines by finding out what brings on (or triggers) your headaches and then avoiding those triggers. Migraine triggers include certain foods and stress. Some common triggers are: Stress. Not eating. Poor sleep habits. A change from your normal routine. Red wine. Cheese. Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Strong odors. Chocolate. Keeping a headache diary (What ...

  7. Headaches: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

    By identifying and avoiding tension headache triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. While some triggers may be out of your control, others are easily avoidable. The following points can help you prevent a tension headache: Keep a headache diary to identify your tension headache triggers.Manage stress.Seek treatment for any underlying depression or anxiety. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Migraine Headaches - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services if: You have a sudden,severe headache that is different from past headaches. You have symptoms of a stroke,such as: Sudden numbness,paralysis,or weakness in your face,arm,or leg,especially on only one side of your body. New problems with walking or balance. Sudden vision changes. New problems speaking or understanding simple statements,or feeling ...

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