Headaches may be one of the most common medical complaints. Almost everyone gets a headache now and then. For most people, a headache is an infrequent annoyance that comes and goes. But when they start to occur regularly, your education, work, family and social activities can be affected. This may result in increased medical cost and affect your ability to work and take care of your family. It can also cause significant concern and anxiety.
Most headaches are not an indication of a serious medical condition and most, if not all, can be treated effectively. However, medical attention should be sought for frequent or severe headaches.
Types of Headache
These symptoms may occur before or during a headache attack, but lasts no more than an hour.
What Causes Headaches?
Most headaches have a genetic basis, i.e. it runs in the family. The patient may have other family members who also suffer from headache disorder and may also be sensitive to certain triggers that can lead to a headache attack. Lessen the impact of a headache by identifying and avoiding specific triggers, such as:
Keeping a headache diary will help to identify factors that have any relationship to the headache patterns.
There are many ways of treating headaches.
Apart from medical therapy, keeping a healthy lifestyle is important, e.g. Having adequate sleep, regular meal times, regular exercises and avoidance of smoking. If you have known triggers, you should try to avoid them.
The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
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