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Recommendations to manage severe migraine and tension headaches?

Recommendations to manage severe migraine and tension headaches?

Migraine headaches: If you have not seen your doc you need to do so. Having said that, consider biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, psychotherapy for stress management, food sensitivity testing (Great Plains lab in KS, USA has a good one), massage. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


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Is it possible to have a mixed headache, with both migraine and tension headache symptoms?

Is it possible to have a mixed headache, with both migraine and tension headache symptoms?

Yes, quite often: In fact many so-called tension headaches have similar underlying neurochemical traits to migraine, hence may respond to similar treatments. See your md or neurologist for examination for any severe and/or debilitating undiagnosed headache. ...Read more

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Since I stopped taking suboxone, I now get frequent migraine and tension headaches. What can I take for these headaches? Also, Is this common?

Since I stopped taking suboxone, I now get frequent migraine and tension headaches. What can I take for these headaches? Also, Is this common?

Common: Headaches are common in the general population and after coming off a very strong drug like Suboxone I would suspect headaches will be frequent for 6-12 months as your body adjusts. Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) are fine to take. Also consider chiropractic, accupuncture or massage therapy. ...Read more

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I started getting an intense pain in my right temple about 40 minutes ago. I have chronic migraines and tension headaches - is it just a migraine?

I started getting an intense pain in my right temple about 40 minutes ago. I have chronic migraines and tension headaches - is it just a migraine?

Depends: If your pain is like your past migraines or tension headaches a, probably a migraine, or tension headache. If different, may be another problem. See your MD, or a TMD-orofacial doc to sort out the problem. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sinus headache or migraine or tension headache. Is a brain/sinus scan needed

How do I know if I have sinus headache or migraine or tension headache. Is a brain/sinus scan needed

Get evaluated: There are many causes of these three types of headache, and many different ways in which they manifest themselves. The best option is to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician to figure out what is going on, and to identify the best way to get some relief. Ct or MRI of the head or sinuses may not be necessary. ...Read more

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Had MRI and Ct. both good. Blood work good. Getting migraine or tension headaches a lot. Throbbing and sensitive feeling. What is this?

Had MRI and Ct. both good. Blood work good. Getting migraine or tension headaches a lot. Throbbing and sensitive feeling. What is this?

What is what?: If you're having migraine and/or tension headaches, then you're having migraine or tension headaches. That's what it is. If that's your true diagnosis, then the MRI, Ct and blood tests were completely unnecessary and a waste of time, resources and needless radiation exposure of your brain. You need to educate yourself about headaches. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum cause migraines or tension headaches?

Can chewing gum cause migraines or tension headaches?

Yes: Gum chewing can irritate the muscles and cause muscle tension headaches and muscle tension headaches that mimic migraines. True vascular migraines are a different problem. ...Read more

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I experience headaches almost everyday to every other day,it goes from migraines to tension headaches constantly. I get nauseas and dizzy all the time?

I experience headaches almost everyday to every other day,it goes from migraines to tension headaches constantly. I get nauseas and dizzy all the time?

Needs evaluation: Headaches that occur constantly and associated with symptoms of dizziness should not be taken lightly. If this is happening more towards the evening it could be Tension headaches arising from the daily stressors of life. If this is happening intensely over a few months and then disappears this could Cluster headaches. However there are other sinister causes which can be ruled out by a CT scan ...Read more

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Please please. I have a killer headache. I've tried fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and vicodin no help what can I do I suffer from migraine n tension headaches per dr?

Please please. I have a killer headache. I've tried fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and vicodin  no help what can I do I suffer from migraine n tension headaches per dr?

See a neurologist: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and vicodin are not necessarily appropriate long term options for migraine. First, they only treat symptoms and don't prevent. Second, frequent use can cause worse headaches, a condition called analgesic rebound headache. There are good prescription meds for migraine prevention. Also, some of my patients have responded to riboflavin, a b vitamin, at 400mg per day. ...Read more

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What to do if migraine/tension headache with nausea?

What to do if  migraine/tension headache with nausea?

Migraines treatment : First a headache specialist needs to distinguish is these are tension type headaches or migraines. Ibuprofen, Naproxen can be helpful. Triptans are useful in migraine. If these are frequent a preventive medication should be added. ...Read more

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Can i get advice?I was discharged home from hospital yesterday.Spent three days there with migraine, tension headache, vision problems and unexplained left sided weakness.Today, i can't feel my left leg

Can i get advice?I was discharged home from hospital yesterday.Spent three days there with migraine, tension headache, vision problems and unexplained left sided weakness.Today, i can't feel my left leg

See Neurologist: You need to pursue this further with a neurologist ( brain and nerve specialist ). You may well need an MRI of your brain and spinal cord if not already done. A migraine could do what is happening to you but at your age it would be wise to pursue further. If you can't feel your leg go back to the emergency room. Ask questions of the doctors. If thihgs are not right pursue until they are. ...Read more

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Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Likely not tumor: Given your younger age and type of symptoms currently displayed, a brain tumor is less likely. It depends on the frequency and severity of symptoms, but you might consider requesting your doctor to order an MRI brain with and without contrast (it provides better detail of the brain than does the ct). I would definitely consider quitting smoking. ...Read more

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What is the difference between migraines, cluster and tension headaches? Thanks

What is the difference between migraines, cluster and tension headaches? Thanks

Migraines - familial: Both migraine and cluster headaches run in the family, and both are related to changes in blood vessels going to the head. Migraines may start in childhood, while cluster headaches are suffered by adults. Cluster headaches are almost always limited to one side of head, and are usually much more severe, and last for many days while migraines last for hours. Tension headaches come from muscles. ...Read more

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I get migraines for 3 days before my period every month. I often get migraines/tension headaches but the ones before my period are much worse. No aura?

I get migraines for 3 days before my period every month. I often get migraines/tension headaches but the ones before my period are much worse. No aura?

Menstrual migraine: NSAID therapy may be effective when given the week before and the week during menses. NSAIDs may also be used when traveling or during those special functions that involve increased stress. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Could it be migraines, tension headaches or sinus headaches? Should i see a doctor? I have been getting headaches everyday for the past 2 weeks. I been taking allergy meds due to I have seasonal allergies but i still get headaches after i take the allergy

Could it be migraines, tension headaches or sinus headaches? Should i see a doctor? I have been getting headaches everyday for the past 2 weeks. I been taking allergy meds due to I have seasonal allergies but i still get headaches after i take the allergy

Possible migraine : Migraine like headache can be caused by a bone spur in the nose. A ct scan of the sinuses is indicated and if the spur is present a septoplasty to remove it is indicated. I provide relief to almost 90% of patients with this problem. Visit my website for more information at www. Kevinsmithmd.Com. ...Read more

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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more


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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more