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  1. 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

  2. Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    This topic is about tension headaches in adults. If you are looking for information about migraine headaches,see Migraine Headaches. If you are looking for information about tension headaches in children,see Headaches in Children. What is a tension headache? Most headaches are tension headaches. These headaches tend to happen again and again,especially if you are under stress. They are ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Tension 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 prescription medicine for tension headaches? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in ...

  7. Types of Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    There are 2 types of cluster headaches : Episodic cluster headaches are the most common type of cluster headaches. People with episodic cluster headaches have cluster periods of 1 to 3 months when they are prone to having headaches. The cluster periods are followed by headache-free periods (remissions) of 6 months or more. About 90% of people who have cluster headaches have episodic cluster ...

  8. 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).

  9. 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 ...

  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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