- Rest in a dark, quiet room with your eyes closed. Ask people to leave you alone while you rest.
- Try over-the-counter pain medicine. Over-the-counter pain medicine is medicine you can buy at the pharmacy or grocery store. Talk with your doctor about the best choice for you. Examples are acetaminophen (like Tylenol) or ibuprofen (like Advil). Follow the instructions for timing and dose. Do not give aspirin to a child or teen -- it increases risk for a serious problem called Reye's syndrome.
- If your doctor prescribes medicine, follow instructions carefully. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.
- Rub (massage) the muscles in your shoulder and in the back of your neck. This may help loosen tight muscles and help your headache go away. Do not use massage if you have tingling or weakness in your arms or legs.
- Try using heat or cold. Take a warm bath or shower. Or, put a cold or warm washcloth over the part that hurts. Do this for 15 to 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. This may relax the muscles.
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredHere are some tips on how you can treat your headache:
RealAge answeredNext time you get a nagging headache, try a little fingertip therapy. You might feel better more quickly.
- Your temporalis muscle: With your index and middle fingers, apply pressure to your temporalis muscle. It's that tender spot where you feel a muscle move when you clench your teeth.
- Behind your ears: Using your thumbs, massage in a circular motion the spots just underneath the large bones behind your ears.
- Between your eyes: With your middle finger and thumb, gently pinch the skin just above your nose and press upward so you feel the pressure around your eyebrows.
- The web of your hand: Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the fleshy pad of skin between the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand.