For anyone who endures frequent or severe migraines, preventing these painful headaches is a top concern. Experts don't know exactly what causes migraines. But they have been able to identify medications to help prevent them.
Typical migraine symptoms include:
throbbing pain (usually on one side of the head)
sensitivity to light and sound
These symptoms, often lasting hours to days, can leave the sufferer in full retreat, with decreased ability to function.
The latest guidelines...
You have new nausea and vomiting, or you cannot keep
food or liquids down.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor if:
Your headache wakes you up at
Your headaches get worse or happen more
You start to have new symptoms.
You have any
problems with your medicine.
You have new or more frequent
Your headaches occur after physical exercise, sexual
activity, coughing, or sneezing.
Your life is disrupted by your
headaches (for example, you miss work or school regularly).
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see
approach. If your headache gets better on its own, you won't need treatment. If
it gets worse or you get headaches often, you and your
doctor will decide what to do next.
Watchful waiting and using
over-the-counter pain medicines work well if
your tension headaches don't keep you from doing
the things you want to do. But if your headaches are
disrupting your life, talk to your doctor about other treatments that you could
Who to see
Most health professionals can recognize
and treat tension headaches. You may seek treatment from any of the