24 Jul Talk On Understanding Your Headache Myths & Facts
A headache is a common problem in day to day life. More than 90 % people experience at least one headache in his life time. Any pain located above eye brows up to the nape of the neck is called a headache.
- Why do we get headaches?
It is a very common misconception among the general public that headache is because of gastric trouble like gas, bloating, acidity etc. There is no scientific reason for gastric trouble to cause headache, it is mostly that both a headache and acidity are linked to improper meal timings. The most common cause for headaches is migraine and tension type headache, which accounts for more than 90% of all headaches. Apart from this there are certain uncommon causes of headaches, but are more risky, for example – brain tumors, brain hemorrhage, blockage in blood vessel in the brain, brain infections etc.
- Why do a migraine and tension headaches occur?
Mostly migraines and tension headache happen because of wrong life style. Mental stress, untimely meals and sleep contribute the most. There are other less common factors like excessive heat and cold, chocolates, cheese, fermented foods, wines can also precipitate migraines.
- Which is the best doctor to be consulted for a headache?
The doctor who specializes in diseases of the brain and nervous system is the best doctor for a headache. He is called as Neurologist.
- When should a neurologist be consulted?
One or two episodes of a headache which get better with sleep and after taking meals are usually not worrisome.If a person requires pain killers medicines for a headache more than once a month, or if you have any of the following problems immediately consult a neurologist
Headaches associated with any of the following symptoms like unconsciousness, fever, vomiting, visual disturbance, numbness, weakness and in the coordination of muscles, change in behavior, mood etc.
Change in pattern or severity headaches.
Diﬃculty in working with headaches.
- Can headaches be due to eye problems?
A headache due to eye problems are very unlikely. Eye problems mostly cause pain which localized to eyes.
- Can headaches be because of sinus problems?
Pain due to sinus problems occurs mostly when there is ongoing whitish or yellowish green discharge from nose and throat infection. That pain is mostly localized between the eye brows over the cheek bones or behind the eyes. If you don’t have running nose or throat infection, headaches are not likely because of sinus problems.
- How does a neurologist manage headaches?
Headache treatment needs a detailed understanding of pattern, timings, the frequency of headaches, and any associated symptoms. A neurologist may ask for MRI of the brain to look for other causes of a headache like infection, clotting or tumours inside the brain. He may ask you to take a regular medication if headache frequency is high. He will ask you for life style management for eﬀective treatment of headaches.