Headache and Its Management
Posted by hulinm91 on March 31st, 2017
A headache or cephalalgia is the pain anywhere in the region of head or neck. Headache is a non - specific symptom which has many possible causes. Some headaches are harmless and some are life threatening, mainly two types of headache
About 95% of headache is of this type. There is no underlying pathology but cause significant pain.
a) Tension headache - This is the most common type. Dull, constant, pain around the head as if a rubber band stretched around it, not throbbing or disabling. Causes are stress, drinking too much alcohol, not enough sleep, depression, skipping meals, dehydrated condition, etc.
b) Migraine - This is less common, recurrent and disabling to carryon with daily life, more in female compared to males. It is pounding or throbbing pain on one or both side of head associated with aura, visual zigzag symptom, blurred vision, sensitive to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Attacks are more frequent prior to menstrual cycle, exposure to sun, and lack of sleep.
c) Cluster headache - This is rare type, it is excruciatingly painful, causing intense pain around one eye. They are called cluster because they happen in cluster for a month or two, 5-6 attacks in a day around the same time of the year. Common in men in late 20's
It is due to a problem elsewhere in the body or underlying diseases. Some headaches are harmless and some are life threatening, like
These are some of the less serious headaches
Meningitis, brain tumor, glaucoma, blood clot in the brain, carbon monoxide poisoning etc, are life threatening headaches.
Investigations - Diagnosed by clinical history alone. To rule out underlying cause one is advised to do ESR, neuro imaging, lumbar puncture and serology.
Treatments - Treatment of headache depends on the underlying cause. Lifestyle change is the main treatment for all headaches.
During acute attack
Call for emergency for the following
For prevention of headache
The increased acidity in the body is the root cause for pain; hence cultivate the . habit of drinking 8-10 glasses of water .
Yoga and exercise
These are usually stress buster, helps in preventing headache since it relaxes nerves and muscle tension.
Acupuncture and acupressure – works on the basis to balance the energy flow and sharp pricks prompt nerve signals that override pain sensation or they release the body's own pain killing chemicals.
THE ONLY WAY TO GET THROUGH LIFE IS EITHER TO CRY OR LAUGH THROUGH IT. PREFER TO LAUGH, CRYING GIVES HEADACHE.
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