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Should I Treat My Own Headaches?

New Jersey Headache Institute - Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Should I Treat My Own Headaches?

Each year, almost three quarters of our population suffers from headaches. These headaches will range in severity for many people. The pain experienced can be anything from a dull pain to a severe migraine attack that brings with it many other unpleasant symptoms.

If you are one of the unfortunate people who suffer from regular or severe headaches, you probably have your own way of dealing with them. Unfortunately, these don't always work, but there are ways to prevent frequent headaches.

The Most Popular Self-Help Headache Remedies

Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Painkillers usually kick in after about 30 minutes and are usually quite effective at relieving headaches or at last taking the edge off the pain. The problem begins when they stop working. If you take painkillers on a regular basis, your body can begin to build an immunity to the drugs they contain and you may find that you need to take stronger medication.

Drinking Plenty of Water

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of a headache and can be our first indication that we are dehydrated. Drinking a tall, cool glass of water the moment you start to feel that familiar dull ache can be all it takes to prevent further symptoms.

Finding A Quiet, Dark Room

Light sensitivity is a common headache trigger and aggravator. That is why our natural instinct when we have a headache is to find a quiet, dark room in which to lie down and relax. 


Another natural instinct when we have a headache is to massage the scalp, temples and neck. In fact, this can bring almost instant relief while the massage is in progress. Massage is great for relieving tension and easing the localized pain of a headache. 

When Self-Help Treatments No Longer Work

There are many ways to treat a headache yourself, but if you are experiencing regular and prolonged headaches, it is time to book a consultation with the New Jersey Headache Institute. 

Frequent headaches need professional diagnosis in order to find an effective treatment plan that works for you in the long term. Simply reaching for the painkillers might be easy, but it could be causing more underlying damage to your body.

The headache experts at the New Jersey Headache Institute offer a wide range of treatment options that are tailored to your exact needs. Whether you are suffering from chronic migraine, cluster headaches or tension headaches, we can help identify the cause. We will then determine the right treatment to bring you sustained relief and often, a permanent cure. 

Speak to us today and free yourself from headache pain and the endless search for the right treatment. Get your headache diagnosis today. Call us at 908.315.5707 or use our contact form to book a consultation.

Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the co-founder of the New Jersey Headache Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas.  Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.

Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.


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