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Headache Information Center

Information to help you get proper diagnosis and treatment & live with headaches


Updated: January 3, 2007

Statistically, headaches are usually not dangerous, but frequent or severe headaches should always be checked out by your doctor. Singer Laura Branigan might still be alive if she'd gone to the doctor, and actress Sharon Stone recounts almost dying from what she mistakenly thought was a migraine.

What are the different types of headaches?

There are many types of headaches, and a person can have more than one type. Tension-type headaches are the most common, and are experienced by an estimated 80% of the population.

Diagnosing headaches & working with doctors

A proper diagnosis is key to appropriate treatment. Your doctor will need your help with this. A headache diary is a great tool to help you and your doctor spot patterns.

Headache and migraine triggers

Triggers are physiological things we encounter that bring on a headache or migraine. Once we identify our triggers, we can sometimes avoid them, thus avoiding at least some of our headaches and migraines.


There are more treatment options for headaches than ever before. With over 100 medications and dietary supplements that can be used for prevention, effective preventive regimens can be found for at least 95% of patients. Options for stopping in progress are also better than ever before. Triptans aren't just for migraines; they also work well for some people with cluster headaches and some migraine-like headaches such as post-traumatic headaches.

Support & living with headaches and migraines

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