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What can I do to get rid of bad headaches ?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on the kind
This really depends on the kind of headache we're talking about.
Migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, withdrawal headaches, and others have very different causes and very different treatments. You need to work with your doc to figure out what kind of headache you are having. Then you can plan how to knock it out. In this case, one size does not fit all.

In brief: Depends on the kind
This really depends on the kind of headache we're talking about.
Migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, withdrawal headaches, and others have very different causes and very different treatments. You need to work with your doc to figure out what kind of headache you are having. Then you can plan how to knock it out. In this case, one size does not fit all.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: Pain treatment.
Unfortunately, although this is a simple question the answer is not.
The key to treatment is an appropriate evaluation, the making of a diagnosis(there are many different types), and the development of a treatment plan for that diagnosis. Over the counter analgesic medications may provide short term relief. Persistent headaches require an evaluation by an appropriately trained provider.

In brief: Pain treatment.
Unfortunately, although this is a simple question the answer is not.
The key to treatment is an appropriate evaluation, the making of a diagnosis(there are many different types), and the development of a treatment plan for that diagnosis. Over the counter analgesic medications may provide short term relief. Persistent headaches require an evaluation by an appropriately trained provider.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great answer!
Dr. James Marx
Be careful to avoid developing rebound headaches which happen when you start taking over the counter medications or even prescription meds repeatedly in response to the headache. These rebound headaches can be harder to manage than the original headache.
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