Seek immediate medical attention if:
-You experience the "worst headache of your life" or a sudden, severe headache.
-Your headache is accompanied by a high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, numbness or weakness, difficulty speaking, or changes in vision.
-You have a head injury or trauma that results in a headache.
-Your headache follows a fall, especially if you are older or taking blood-thinning medication.
Consult a healthcare professional if:
-You experience frequent or recurrent headaches that significantly affect your daily activities and quality of life.
-Your headaches are becoming progressively worse or are different from your usual pattern.
-Your headaches are triggered by physical exertion, coughing, bending over, or sexual activity.
-You have a history of migraines and want to explore preventive treatment options.
-Over-the-counter pain medications or home remedies do not provide sufficient relief or are causing adverse effects.
Treatment options for headaches and migraines may include:
-Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin, if appropriate and advised by a healthcare professional.
-Prescription medications, including triptans (specifically for migraines), ergotamine derivatives, or other migraine-specific medications.
-Preventive medications, which can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines when taken regularly.
-Lifestyle modifications, such as managing stress, getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet.
-Alternative therapies, including acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
-If you have headaches or migraines, consult a qualified healthcare professional at JCHC for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
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