Worst Headache of Your Life (cont.)
Worst Headache of Your Life Treatment
Self-Care at Home
- Most affected individuals usually may take an over-the-counter (OTC) headache
medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce the headache pain; taking ibuprofen (Advil) or other
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is not advised because if the headache is due to bleeding in the brain, the medication may make it worse. If the headache is truly the worst headache of your life you should go to an
emergency department immediately.
- Some tension headaches are relieved if the person removes themselves from
the situation causing stress.
- A cool, wet towel over the forehead may reduce symptoms.
- A person with chronic migraine headaches should discuss a treatment plan with their
health care practitioner. If the affected individual
continues to visit the emergency department, repeated CT scans may be performed,
resulting in unnecessary radiation exposure, and no follow-up plan for the
patient for a potentially treatable condition.
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