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Painful Conditions

HEADACHES

WHAT CAUSES HEADCHES

Headache is a type of pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck.

It is caused by irritation of nerves structures that surround the brain. Everything from the face, skull area, and neck, can cause a person to have of head pain. Some conditions such as an infection or dehydration cause headaches. 


Changes in circulation and blood flow or trauma can also cause headache.

Changes in the brain chemistry are also known to be associated with headache. 

The history of the headache is important because every individual is different A combination of physical examination and understanding the associated symptoms, can help identify the cause for each individual's specific headache.

TYPES OF HEADACHE

  1. Migraines occurs as sharp, throbbing type of pain.

  2. Tension type headaches is the most common type of primary headaches. 

  3. Cluster headache is a neurological disorder characterised by recurrent, severe headaches on one side of the head, typically around the eye area.

  4. Cervicogenic headache by its definition, is any headache which is caused by the neck. It is a dull, achy, fairly constant pain that worsen with movement of neck.

  5. Occipital neuralgia is a cycle of painful spasm originating from the base of the skull that often radiates to the back, front, and side of the head, as well as behind the eyes. This condition is often due to hypersensitivity of the nerve structure.

TREATMENT OF HEADACHE

  1. Injection of medications

  2. Pulsed Radiofrequency is a minimally invasive pain procedure that can get rid of the underlying pain generators, with no risk and no down time. It is an electric field therapy that uses intermittent radiofrequency energy to disable or desensitize the nerves that are causing pain.

  3. Ultrasound is often use to improve accuracy and outcome.

WHEN SHOULD I SEEK HELP FOR A HEADACHE?

A patient should seek medical care if their headache is:

  • The "worst headache of your life." 

  • Different than the usual headaches.

  • Starts suddenly or is aggravated by exertion, coughing, bending over, or sexual activity.

  • Associated with persistent nausea and vomiting.

  • Associated with fever or stiff neck. 

  • Associated with seizures.

  • Associated with recent head trauma or a fall.

  • Associated with changes in vision, speech, or behaviour.

  • Associated with weakness or change in sensation on one side of their body.

  • Requires more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter medications for pain.

  • Disabling and interfering with work and quality of life.

If you are in pain and would like to speak to a nurse. Call us at 6513 3383 or reach out via WhatsApp/SMS at 9320 2222.

 
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