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What should you do if you have a migraine or cluster headache?

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You don't have to put up with either type of headache. Once you and your doctor figure out what's going on, you can make a plan to deal with it. Whichever kind of headache is giving you problems, you've got two basic strategies. You either try to stop the pain before it starts or ease it once it begins. There are medicines and other treatments that can do both.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Migraines."

American Headache Society: "Migraine Treatments."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cluster Headaches."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Headache: Hope Through Research."

Office on Women's Health: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

The Migraine Trust: "Cluster Headache," "Symptoms and Stages of Migraine."

IHS Classification ICHD-3 Beta.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Migraines."

American Headache Society: "Migraine Treatments."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cluster Headaches."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Headache: Hope Through Research."

Office on Women's Health: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

The Migraine Trust: "Cluster Headache," "Symptoms and Stages of Migraine."

IHS Classification ICHD-3 Beta.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

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