I have a headache…again

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I have a headache…again

March 3, 2020 Uncategorized 0

The  WHO (world health organization) estimates that the prevalence among adults is about 50%. Half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had headache in the last year.  Headache on 15 or more days every month affects 1.7–4% of the world’s adult population. Despite regional variations, headache disorders are a worldwide problem, affecting people of all ages, races, income levels and geographical areas.

The most common of the headache disorders are Tension-type headaches (TTH)

These headaches

  • often begins during the teenage years, affecting three women to every two men.
  • Its mechanism may be stress-related or associated with musculoskeletal problems in the neck.
  • Episodic TTH attacks usually last a few hours, but can persist for several days.
  • Chronic TTH can be unremitting and is much more disabling than episodic TTH.
  • This headache is described as pressure or tightness, often like a band around the head, sometimes spreading into or from the neck.

Common triggers of tension headaches include:

  • Muscle spasms in the face or neck
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • alcohol use
  • Caffeine (too much or withdrawal)
  • Colds, the flu, or a sinus infection
  • Dental problems such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding
  • Eye strain
  • Excessive smoking
  • Fatigue or overexertion

The treatment of these headaches often include a combination of medication, physiotherapy and lifestyle changes. Please consult your doctor for more information

*Information obtained from the WHO and https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000797.htm

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