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  1. Tension Headaches - Other Treatment

    Using other treatments along with medicines may help you stop a tension headache or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Biofeedback. This is a relaxation method to help you learn to control a body function that you normally don't control,such as muscle tension. Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. ...

  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. Cluster Headaches - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about cluster headaches: What are cluster headaches? Who is affected by cluster headaches? Are there different types of cluster headaches? What other conditions are like cluster headaches? Being diagnosed: What will happen during a physical exam for my headaches? Do I need imaging tests to evaluate my headaches? Will I need other tests to evaluate my headaches? Getting treatment: What ...

  4. Migraine Headaches - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will diagnose a migraine by examining you and asking questions about your health and lifestyle. There are no tests that can prove that you have migraines. Migraines can be hard to diagnose,because their symptoms are like those of other types of headaches. For example,many people have been diagnosed with sinus headaches when they actually have migraines. It's likely that you are ...

  5. Ergotamines for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Ergotamines for migraine headaches.

  6. Migraine Headaches - Cause

    Experts aren't sure what causes migraines. They run in families,and experts have found a genetic link. But it is not clear why some people get migraines and others don't. Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines. Some common triggers include: ...

  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. 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 ...

  9. Antidepressants for Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    Antidepressant medicines, which are usually used to treat depression, can be effective in preventing chronic tension headaches. Antidepressants have some pain-relieving properties and may reduce how often headaches occur and how long they last. Antidepressants are also used to improve sleep problems.Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, are the antidepressants used most often to reduce the frequency or duration of tension headaches. Medicines to prevent tension headaches have not been well studied. The best evidence is for amitriptyline. It has been proven to reduce how often tension headaches occur and how bad they get.1 If you do not respond well to amitriptyline, you may try other tricyclic antidepressants, although they may not work as well to relieve your headache. Side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include:Drowsiness or sleepiness.Dry mouth.Constipation.Blurred vision.Inability to urinate.Weight gain.Low blood pressure when you stand up quickly.Other

  10. 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).

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