Archive Headaches

Bites and Stings: Flu-Like Symptoms

Some insect and spider bites or stings can cause flu-like symptoms to develop within hours of a bite or sting. Or symptoms may be delayed up to 3 weeks. Flu-like symptoms include: Fever. Shaking chills. Muscle or joint aches. Headache. Swollen glands. A vague feeling of illness (malaise). Flu-like symptoms may not be…

Carole’s Story: Taking Medicine Right Away to Stop a Migraine

Carole lost a lot of time to migraines. Instead of playing with her children, she would lie on her bed in the dark, with a bag of ice on her head. “I kept thinking I could stop the migraines if I would just lie down and be still and quiet,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. “It hardly ever worked.” When a migraine got…

Cluster Headaches

Covers causes and symptoms of cluster headaches. Covers medicines and treatment that either help reduce frequency or severity of headaches or stop a headache after it has started.

Feverfew for Migraines

Feverfew ( Tanacetum parthenium ) is an herb that has been studied a lot for migraine prevention. Some small studies show that it may help prevent migraines in some people. 1 Feverfew is available as dried leaf powder, tablet, capsule, and tea. You might find it under the name MIG-99. If you would like to try feverfew…

Headache Diary

Keeping a headache diary may help you understand what types of headaches you get and what treatment works best for you. You also may be able to find out what your headache triggers are, such as certain foods, stress, sleep problems, or physical activity. Take your headache diary to your doctor. Together you can look at…

Headache Prevention: Posture and Body Mechanics

Good posture and body mechanics Good posture and the way you move your body can help prevent tension in your neck, shoulders, and upper back muscles. If your headaches seem to be related to tension in this area, be aware of your posture and position during daily activities. This may help prevent headaches. Use good body…


Provides info on common types of headaches and their causes. Offers home treatment and prevention tips. Includes interactive tool to help you decide when to call a doctor. Covers when a headache is an emergency.