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Should I take medicine?
jeanyang posted:
I sometimes get headache (typically on the left side of my head starting from my eyebrow) due to stress from work. I prefer not taking medicine as much as I can (afraid of side effect), but not sure if I would get chronic pain if I don't treat it every time it occurs. Can any doctor give some suggestions?
mymygraine responded:
If your headache is one sided, it could be a migraine, or it could be a simple tension headache that can be relieved with tylenol. It depends on what other symptoms come along with the headache, how long it lasts, and how often you get the headaches. Tension headaches from stress are rarely one sided, they usually feel like a tight band around the head above the eyebrows, but everyone is different. Since you are wary about medications, ask your primary doctor to give you a referral to a neurologist who is a headache specialist or go to a headache clinic. They will give you a full workup, and identify your headache, what it is, and give you a tx plan. It may take time to find the right plan that will work for you, but you sound like you are at the beginning of these headaches, and the sooner caught, the better chance of treating them. Don't expect any doctor or any neuro to help you. The neuro's with headache specialties know what they are doing, and even if you have to wait for an app't it is worth it. Good luck!
jeanyang replied to mymygraine's response:
Thanks for the comments.

I am not sure what's the difference between migraine and headache, can you explain? For me, typically, without medicine, my headache would go away in 1 or 2 days of time (after a good night sleep). My headache usually is caused by stress from work; during weekends/vacation time, I rarely get it. Thanks.
jeanyang replied to mymygraine's response:
Thanks for the comments.

Can you tell me what's the difference between migraine and headache? In my case, my headache will go away in a day or 2 (usually after a good night sleep); I typically get it from work (not on holidays/vacations!).

Thanks again.
carpetcrawler5 replied to jeanyang's response:
Migraine is only on one side ,in the temple area.

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