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    Tension Headaches - Treatment Overview

    Reducing stress

    How you think can affect how you feel. So finding ways to relax and stop negative thoughts may help prevent headaches.

    You may want to try:

    • Techniques to stop negative thoughts.
    • Progressive muscle relaxation.
    • Ways to manage your time.
    • Breathing exercises.
    • Guided imagery.
    • Meditation.
    • Yoga.

    For more information, see Living With Tension Headaches.

    Treatment if headaches get worse

    If you continue to have tension headaches while you are getting treatment, you and your doctor may want to try another treatment.

    You may have to try different drugs or doses. If you have already tried several medicines, your doctor may order tests (such as an MRI or CT scan) to find out if a health problem is causing your headaches.

    Other things to think about

    • Even with treatment, you will most likely still get some tension headaches. But you probably will get them less often. And they may hurt less when you do get them.
    • If you also have depression or anxiety, talk to your doctor. Treatment for these health problems also may help you have fewer headaches.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 22, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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