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Decode Your Headaches: How to Head Off a Headache

Pinpointing the exact cause of your pain, whether it's stress, the weather, or even your hormones, can help you stop the throbbing before it starts.
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Decode Your Headaches

Not every headache can be solved by simply popping an over-the-counter pain reliever. "Headaches have many triggers, which require various treatments," says Mark W. Green, M.D., director of headache medicine at Columbia University. "If you're looking for real relief and to prevent future episodes, it's essential to put your finger on the type of headache you suffer from." Here, the common pain triggers women face and an action plan to stop the throbbing.