Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Headache is a painful and disabling feature of a small number of primary headache disorders namely migraine, tension-type headache, and cluster headache. Headache can also be caused by or occur secondarily to a long list of other conditions, for example medication overuse headache.
Headache has many triggers and causes, ranging from lifestyle factors such as sleep deprivation, dehydration and food sensitivities to mental and physical health issues. Most of the time there is no serious underlying condition. Investigation — such as blood tests or scans — is rarely helpful, even in the case of long-term headache. You’re Chiropractor will consider the possible causes and will usually make a diagnosis based on a good understanding of your symptoms, headache history, medical history and an examination. Describing your headache accurately can help you and your Chiropractor understand the type of headache you have.
Headaches can have many different features such as a throbbing sensation, tightness around the head, varying with movement or exertion, and may differ in the location of the pain (one side, both sides, or all over), as well as frequency, intensity and duration. Some headaches are accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to light or noise. Always seek advice if you have concerns about your headache, especially for pain that is severe, new, or different to pain you have had before, pain that is increasing in intensity or frequency, or is accompanied by other symptoms.
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