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What should you do if you get regular headaches?

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Almost everybody gets a headache once in a while. For some, though, headaches are an inconvenient -- sometimes debilitating -- part of their lives.

If you get regular headaches, it’s important to work with your doctor to uncover the cause and find out how to treat it. That’s not always easy because headaches can be caused by many things, from eating ice cream too quickly, to stroke, to many other serious conditions.

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: “Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache.”

American Migraine Foundation: “What to Know About Low-Pressure Headaches.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension.”

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports: "Spontaneous intracranial hypotension."

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation.

National Eye Institute: “Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.”

American Migraine Foundation: “The Low Down on High-Pressure Headache.”

Neurosurgery : "Trigeminal Neuralgia in a Patient with a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula in Meckel's Cave: Case Report."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology: " Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri): Recognition, Treatment, and Ongoing Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lumbar Puncture."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: “Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache.”

American Migraine Foundation: “What to Know About Low-Pressure Headaches.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension.”

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports: "Spontaneous intracranial hypotension."

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation.

National Eye Institute: “Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.”

American Migraine Foundation: “The Low Down on High-Pressure Headache.”

Neurosurgery : "Trigeminal Neuralgia in a Patient with a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula in Meckel's Cave: Case Report."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology: " Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri): Recognition, Treatment, and Ongoing Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lumbar Puncture."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 11, 2018

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