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Overview

A headache is a pain that is felt anywhere in the head or neck. Headaches are commonly associated with various conditions, ranging from the innocuous to the very serious. If you consistently have a headache, it is important to have it evaluated in order to rule out certain serious medical issues.

Once the possibility of a serious medical condition has been eliminated, your doctor can determine the proper treatment for your pain based on the frequency and type of headaches you are experiencing.

Reasons for treatment

Once the cause of your headaches has been determined, medication may be given to relieve the pain. The type of medication prescribed depends on the diagnosis. Some examples include:

Migraine – Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Excedrin, sumatriptan, amitriptyline, propralolol, topiramate or valproic acid.

Stress headache –Amitripline

Risks & side effects

Risks of any surgery include infection, complication during the actual surgery and anesthesia.  Your physician will discuss all risks and side effects prior to surgery.

Preparing for treatment

All medications used for the treatment of headaches have their own spectrum of side effects.  Your prescribing doctor will review all possible side effects with you.