Headache & Migraine


Expert advice on how to relieve chronic headaches, trending treatments, and how to recognize symptoms related to other conditions. Medical professionals and patient experts provide practical tips on managing the pain.

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Living With

A Life of Chronic Migraines: What It’s Like

How does a person function with chronic Migraines? What is it like when acute head pain never goes away? One woman tells her story.

The Latest

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Self Care

Migraines and Exercise: The Benefits and Risks

Exercise is all good for migraines, right? Not exactly. Holistic health practitioner Mark Canadic provides the benefits and risks of exercise for migraine.

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What I Wish Every Migraine Patient Knew

Jaime, who lives with migraines, pens a heartwarming letter to fellow migraine patients, reminding them of their strength and determination.

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Occipital Neuralgia: The Basics

Occipital neuralgia is a primary headache disorder presenting symptoms that are sometimes confused with migraine.

Migraine term of the day.
Migraine Basics

Migraine Term of the Day: Literature Review

Here’s a term that can help you make sense of migraine research.

Ask the Clinician

How to Treat Migraines Without Overusing Medications

How many acute treatments are too many when treating chronic Migraine?

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Risk Factors

Migraine Monsters Hiding in the Closet

Do you fear that having Migraine disease may put you at risk for more serious illnesses? Here are the facts.

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Hemiplegic Migraine May Cause Brain Damage

Hemiplegic Migraine attacks can result in brain atrophy, but effective treatment exists to prevent this from happening.

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Cervicogenic Headache: The Basics

The cause of a cervicogenic headache is a neck disorder or lesion. Although this type of headache is not a form of Migraine, it can trigger a Migraine attack.

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Hypnic Headache: The Basics

Hypnic headaches, also called “alarm clock headaches,” wake you up in the middle of the night and can last up to four hours.

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Waking With Headaches?

Question Asked by Barb Waking With Headaches? I get a headache on the left side almost every morning right after I wake up. Sometimes it goes away in a few hours, sometimes not for 12 hours. Answer Barb, Waking with or getting a headache or Migraine ...

Meet the Experts

Jennifer Mitchell Wilson
B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Erin L. Boyle
Health writer

Erin L. Boyle, the senior editor at HealthCentral from 2016-2018, is a freelance medical writer and editor.

Jackie Zimmerman
Patient Expert

Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder of Girls With Guts. Since diagnosis, she has blogged her IBD journey at Blood, Poop, and Tears.