Headache

Your headaches are getting worse. Do you need an imaging test?

Headaches have many possible causes, and proper management requires accurate diagnosis. Someone with increasingly severe headaches would want to have a brain imaging test to determine the underlying causes, but such tests are more effective in certain situations than others.

Have a headache? The top 7 triggers

There are several common triggers for headaches. Identifying the one that is causing your headache is the first step toward avoiding it or ensuring you can treat it properly.

Vestibular migraine: Progress in the search for treatments

A sense of dizziness or spinning associated with migraine headache is called vestibular migraine. A small study found that a type of nerve stimulation treatment improved symptoms of vestibular migraine in study participants.

Lasmiditan: New first-in-class drug treatment approved for migraine

Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor

The first of a new class of medications for the treatment of migraine has been approved by the FDA. Lasmiditan works differently than existing medications, and does not cause blood vessels to narrow (a side effect that makes them unsuitable for those with vascular conditions).

Stopping the vicious cycle of rebound headaches

Sait Ashina, MD

Contributor

People who get frequent headaches and need to take medication at least 15 days a month may be at risk for medication overuse headaches, or “rebound headaches.” Treatment depends on the medication being taken.

Recurrent headaches in children: What to know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Most children have an occasional headache, but some children get recurrent headaches. These often run in families and may be migraine or tension headaches or might stem from other causes.

If you have migraines, put down your coffee and read this

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Sometimes not having coffee can cause a headache, but caffeine is also a trigger for migraine headaches. A small study examining caffeine consumption and migraines found that people who tended to consume more caffeinated beverages were more likely to have a migraine.

Does Botox reduce the frequency of chronic migraine?

Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor

People who experience chronic migraine headaches may benefit from treatment with botulimun neurotoxin (Botox), though other treatments such as medication are usually tried first.

Thunderclap headache: The “worst headache of my life”

A thunderclap headache is a sudden, extremely severe headache associated with several possible causes. It’s considered a medical emergency and should be treated as soon as possible.

Headaches: What to know, when to worry

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Have a headache? Learn about different kinds of headaches –– including tension, migraine, and cluster headaches –– ways to prevent or ease the pain, and when to get medical help.