General Headache Without Cause

A general headache is pain or discomfort felt around the head or neck area. The cause may not be found.


  • Keep all doctor visits.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Lie down in a dark, quiet room when you have a headache.

  • Keep a journal to find out if certain things bring on headaches. For example, write down:

  • What you eat and drink.

  • How much sleep you get.

  • Any change to your diet or medicines.

  • Relax by getting a massage or doing other relaxing activities.

  • Put ice or heat packs on the head and neck area as told by your doctor.

  • Lessen stress.

  • Sit up straight. Do not tighten (tense) your muscles.

  • Quit smoking if you smoke.

  • Lessen how much alcohol you drink.

  • Lessen how much caffeine you drink, or stop drinking caffeine.

  • Eat and sleep on a regular schedule.

  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep, or as told by your doctor.

  • Keep lights dim if bright lights bother you or make your headaches worse.


  • Your headache becomes really bad.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a stiff neck.

  • You have trouble seeing.

  • Your muscles are weak, or you lose muscle control.

  • You lose your balance or have trouble walking.

  • You feel like you will pass out (faint), or you pass out.

  • You have really bad symptoms that are different than your first symptoms.

  • You have problems with the medicines given to you by your doctor.

  • Your medicines do not work.

  • Your headache feels different than the other headaches.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.