How to manage headaches

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:06:38 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 04:29:24 PM EDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Headaches are very common. The World Health Organization reports up to three-fourths of all people suffered some sort of headache within the last year. For some they aren't a big deal, but for others they can be debilitating. Experts at Mayo Clinic have tips on how to manage headaches.

The two most common types of headaches are tension headaches and migraines, and to treat them properly, it’s often important to distinguish which one you’re dealing with. Robert Sheeler, M.D., says it’s also important to make sure the headache is not the result of an underlying problem such as an aneurysm, tumor or other serious disease. If you have significant headaches, it’s key to see your health care provider and to get a detailed neurologic evaluation.

Headaches are often not cured, but with proper treatment, patients may greatly reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches and get back into life.

Source: http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/managing-headaches-pkg

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