Headache Relief: 6 Tricks to Ease the Pain

Exercise and weight loss can help chronic headache sufferers.

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[ Is Coffee Bad for You?] Quitting smoking. Two studies of adolescents have found that smoking raised the likelihood of headaches. Persuading young smokers to stop might be slightly less daunting if arguing headaches rather than a far-off threat of lung cancer.

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Limiting stress. Persistent stress wreaks havoc on the body, making any number of health conditions worse. But if your headache pain commonly creeps in only after a deadline passes or the exam is over, it is not necessarily triggered by the stress itself, says Lipton, but by relaxing after stress. The phenomenon is called a "let-down headache," he says. Instead of napping afterward, wind down with exercise.

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