Headaches Don't Have to be a Pain

Headaches don’t need to slow you down. Pain relievers, lifestyle changes and learning ways to relax can all help you feel better.

Almost everyone has had a headache. A headache is the most common form of pain. It’s a major reason people miss days of work or school or visit the doctor.

Here are tips to deal with a headache:

  • Try an over-the-counter (OTC) medication like aspirin or acetaminophen for occasional mild to moderate headaches.
  • Check out acupuncture. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture can help with tension headaches.
  • Keep a food diary. For some people, certain food or drinks might trigger a headache.
  • Relaxation techniques can help relieve tense muscles.

Not all headaches need a doctor’s attention. But you should let your health care provider know if you have sudden or severe headaches.

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