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General Health - Headaches

Most Common Headaches:

Tension headaches – Tension headaches cause pressure or tightness on both sides of the head.

Migraine headaches – Migraine headaches often start off mild and then get worse. They often affect just one side of the head. They can cause nausea or vomiting, or make you sensitive to light and sound.

Ways to Alleviate Headaches

Is there anything I can do to feel better when I have a headache?– Yes. Some people feel better if they:

Following the relaxation technique below may help:

Preventing Headaches

Is there anything I can do to keep from getting headaches?

Some people find that their headaches are triggered by certain foods or things they do. To keep from getting headaches in the future, you can keep a “headache diary.” In the diary, write down every time you have a headache and what you ate and did before it started. That way you can find out if there is anything you should avoid eating or doing.

Common Headache Triggers

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes may help to reduce the frequency of headaches. These include:

Some women get migraine headaches just before they get their period. If that happens to you, mention it to your health care provider. There are medicines that can help.

When to See a Healthcare Provider

You should be seen right away if:


In an emergency go to Mount Nittany Medical Center or call 911 for an ambulance.

Test Results and Advice Nurse

Send secure message to advice nurse via the UHS website or call 814- 863-4463.


Appointments can be made online via the UHS website, by phone 814-863-0774, or in person. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call or go online to cancel. Otherwise you will be charged for the visit.

This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. This information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. Reviewed 12/14/16

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