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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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