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What is Headache

Headaches are a very common condition that most people will experience many times during their lives. They were the most common form of pain and are a major reason cited for days missed at work or school, as well as visits to healthcare providers.
A headache is a pain in your head or face that’s often described as a pressure that’s throbbing, constant, sharp or dull. Headaches can differ greatly in regard to pain type, severity, location and frequency.

What headache symptoms require

  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Sudden loss of balance or falling.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Paralysis.
  • Speech difficulties.
  • Mental confusion.
  • Seizures.
  • Personality changes/inappropriate behavior.

Headache testing and diagnosis

Determining if an aura is present: If you experience an aura before your headaches, this may be a sign you experience migraine headaches.
Ordering lab blood tests: To rule out other potential causes for your headache, lab testing of your blood will show your doctor if there are any other concerns, such as infection.
Asking you to complete a migraine questionnaire: Doctors may ask you to complete a standardized questionnaire about your symptoms and medical history that can give more insight.

Headache treatment

Not every headache requires medication. A range of treatments is available. Depending on your headache type, frequency and cause, treatment options include:

  • Stress management.
  • Biofeedback.
  • Medications.
  • Treating the underlying medical condition/cause.

Stress management for headache
Stress management teaches you ways to cope with stressful situations. Relaxation techniques help manage stress. You use deep breathing, muscle relaxation, mental images and music to ease your tension.

Biofeedback for headache
Biofeedback teaches you to recognize when tension is building in your body. You learn how your body responds to stressful situations and ways to settle it down.  They monitor your involuntary physical responses to headaches, which include increases in:

  • Breathing rate.
  • Pulse.
  • Heart rate.
  • Temperature.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Brain activity.

Headache prevention

headaches are getting worse or seriously impacting your daily life, it may be time to speak with a doctor. They can identify what is causing your headache or the type of headache you have and treat it appropriately. Even though headache disorders are common, you shouldn‘t always ignore them. Instead, it is best to listen to your body and seek help if needed.

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