Headache Treatment Online

Headaches describe varying degrees of pain in any region of the head.

Headache

Headache symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Headaches Online

Headaches are pain in any region of the head. The most common types of headaches are tension headaches, which is the result of stress, depression, or anxiety.  Other common types of headaches include:

  • Migraines
  • Cluster headaches
  • Sinus headaches

The above are all examples of a primary headache, which is defined as a headache that occurs independently of another condition. Secondary headaches are a result of an underlying condition, for example high blood pressure, head injury or trauma, medication overuse, tumors, or nerve disorders.

While some headaches may last a few hours, others may last several days. The frequency and severity of headaches will also vary by condition.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to a specific type of headache. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for headaches is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of headaches differ by cause, but may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Gentle massages
  • Drinking water
  • Meditation
  • Rest

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • How do you prevent headaches?

    For someone who lives with headaches, headache hygiene is the practice of making lifestyle changes that will help prevent headaches. There are a number of triggers for headaches that fall into seven categories: dietary, chronobiological (headaches that occur at a specific time of day), environmental, hormonal, stress, stress letdown, and physical. The first step is to identify what triggers affect your headache and then establish daily routines that lessen the frequency of these triggers.

  • When should you seek medical care for a headache?

    Make sure you speak to a doctor if your headache:

    • Feels different than usual
    • Is aggravated by exertion, coughing, bending over, or sexual activity
    • Is associated with another symptom, including nausea, fever, or recent head trauma

    Also be sure to monitor whether the headache is getting worse, requires more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter medications to deal with the pain, or is interfering with work and quality of life. If you have a sudden, debilitating headache, seek immediate, in-person medical care at an emergency room or call 911.

  • What are home remedies for headaches?

    Home remedies for headaches include:

    • Resting
    • Drinking water
    • Identifying stressful situations that may be contributing to the headache and mitigating those stressors
    • Massaging the area experiencing pain
    • Taking over-the-counter pain medication in moderation

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