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How To Get Rid Of Annoying Migraine Headaches
A/W Dr. Bragg: Triggers for migraine headaches can include things like stress, odors/scents, neck tension, alcohol, hormonal changes(such as menses), lights, smoke or other fumes, ^'ed physical activity, particular foods, becoming overheated ; sleep patterns. Know your trigger ; avoid them. Your neurologist can prescribed preventive medication as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
Constant headaches: It helps to know what kind of headaches you have first. Tension headache? Migraine? Paroxysmal hemicrania? Something else. We cannot expect you to make the diagnosis. It would help for you to work with a medical provider who knows about headaches, so they can guide you through this. ...Read more
One or many?: Most throbbing headaches are benign, i.e. Do not imply serious underlying disease. A single "worst headache of my life" event should provoke medical investigation. Recurrent throbbing headaches are usually migrainous and respond to specific treatment if diagnosis is confirmed. 3 or more migraine headaches monthly may profitably be treated preventively. ...Read more
Complicated Q, but..: There r many types of migraine, and many rx's. If you've never had work-up for cause, c ur gp or a neurologist for evaluation. Ur description, blood tests, an MRI may be important. For now, try drinking a lot of water/fruit juice, rest in dark room, take two advil (ibuprofen) or alleve with a bit of food, avoid cheeses & wines, drink 2 cups of caffeinated coffee, and do some deep relaxation breathing. Smile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It Depends: For occasional migraines (1 a month or less) taking a medication like Ibuprofen to to stop the headache as soon as it starts can be effective. If your headaches are more frequent taking this type of medication frequently can lead to rebound headaches and you might need a medication to prevent your migraines. In addition there is some evidence for cam like acupuncture, and feverfew. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May sound silly but: This sums up 50% of the mission of Headache Medicine. You get rid of chronic migraines by stopping them before they start! "Brilliant you say...but I could've said that!" Ahh..but HOW? You start by recognizing that headaches have parameters that can be analyzed. Such can be DOCUMENTED in DIARIES or LOGS. Find a good one & a good HEADACHE PHYSICIAN & BOOM-- on your way to headache free lifestyle! ...Read more
Depends: Cheesemelt, the best cure is prevention. Drink one water or noncaffeinated drink after each alcoholic one. Eat before drinking, and taking an antiinflammatory like advil (ibuprofen) if u dont HAV stomach problems. Drink in moderation and dont drink and drive ever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Sinus headache is caused by a difference in pressure between the sinus cavity and the outside world. The drainage pathway of the sinuses are narrow. When swelling occurs in the nasal cavity, this becomes blocked. Reversing the swelling will allow for the pressure to equalize. Knowing the cause of the swelling helps determine what works best - uri, allergy, infection, etc. See your doctor or ent. ...Read more
Varies: Treatment can range from going to a quiet dark place and sleeping it off, to using cool compresses, taking over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) or other headache type medicine (if you are not allergic to them). If you need further help, then prescription medications are the next step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Botox and Surgery: Long term relief of migraines can be achieved with botox. If you have a good response, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery has been shown to dramatically decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines. www.themigrainereliefcenter.com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain Pathway: Aspirin and most other analgesics work through stopping the chemicals that are mediators of pain pathways. In other words, for one to experience pain, the signal has to be carried out through nerves and chemicals have to mediate. Aspirin and a lot of other analgesics work by stopping the production of the chemicals. ...Read more
See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Depends: If a practitioner diagnosed migraine, they will have given you options for getting rid of one hopefully with a plan for you to have access to a useful treatment but in the long run treating to prevent frequent or intense migraines. If you have a horrible headache now, seek medical attention. Long term, try to prevent them, there are medications and nutraceuticals and lifestyle changes that help. ...Read more
OTC meds: If you have a typical headache (not the worst headache of your life) then I would try Excederin or Motrin Migraine. Cool compresses, sleep, neck and temple massage. If this is a severe headache associated with numbness / tingling, visual changes or problems speaking or thinking, you need to go to the ER. ...Read more
Abortive medication: Light and noise sensitivity occur in about 80% of migraines and are typically relieved along with the headache by use of a symptomatic or abortive migraine medication. Migraine medications work best taken at the onset of pain. Ibuprofen helps about 45% of people, excedrin about 59%, and sumatriptan tablets about 65%. ...Read more
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