Story by: Sara Thompson on January 7, 2023
Does your head hurt? Again? While there are dietary changes you can make to help keep headaches at bay, here are the most common types of headache and five ways to make lifestyle choices that can help reduce or eliminate headaches and the onset of migraine attacks.
There are many varieties of headache, based on the cause and symptoms — and there are many ways to reduce and treat headaches.
Tension headaches are familiar to many adults. These start slow, hurt on both sides of the head and feature a dull to moderate pain. The most obvious treatment here is to reduce stress-inducing activities. Over-the-counter medications usually are advised for tension headaches, as well as relaxation practices.
Migraine often involves intense throbbing pain, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and loss of appetite. Women are more likely than men to experience migraine, and migraine headaches often run in families. You should start by seeing your primary care provider if you’ve recently started experiencing frequent migraine headaches.
Headache School, presented by the Norton Neuroscience Institute Headache Center, is an on-demand virtual series of five video presentations designed to inform patients about their headaches, why they should see a specialist, and what treatments are available.
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Cluster headaches are sudden and severe, and occur usually behind one eye. They tend to happen many times daily, in groups. Cluster headache common triggers include foods high in nitrates such as bacon, as well as tobacco use.
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