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Pressure in your temples. A constant thumping inside your forehead. A dull pain that seems to envelop your whole head. A headache can have any of these characteristics. It can ruin your day or keep you up all night. Sometimes, it feels like it will never go away.
The first thing your primary care doctor or urgent care provider will do is try and determine which type of headache you have. Some common types of headaches:
Headache Diagnosis & Treatment
Most headaches can be diagnosed by a physical exam and review of your medical history. Sometimes, your primary care doctor or urgent care provider will order imaging tests like a CT scan or MRI or a neurological test such as an EEG (electroencephalogram), a test that evaluates the brain’s electrical activity.
Headache treatments may include:
They may also recommend lifestyle changes that reduces stress and tension and emphasize regular physical activity and exercise. You may also be instructed to avoid things that can cause a headache such as alcohol, caffeine, specific foods and noise.