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03 Feb 2006

Headaches every day
Hi,

I have been having bad headachesa for the past 6 years. Sometimes they are easy to work with and sometimes they prevent me from doing any work wahtsoever, as the case is right now as i am writing this letter.

I get headaches at the back right side of my head, and it feels like a tearing and throbbing sensation. It is usually very uncomfortable and prevents me from concentarting, which causes low productivity for my work being that my job involves lots of reading and writing reports.

Please i will need some expert advice on what i can do first of all to minimise the pain and frequency and follow up actions with my doctor to stop these hinderance to my productivity.
Including things i can personally do to reduce the intensity and frequency.

Thank you very much.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Ladipo,

There is unfortunately not much that you can do yourself to reduce the intensity and frequency of your headaches, apart from avoiding triggers that you have found start your headaches. It is all very well for me to recommend relaxing and living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food, but there is no evidence that doing so will help. It may make you more healthy, but the headaches won’t necessarily improve.

To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary assessment”. There are so many different structures in the head and neck, all of which can be involved in the headache process, that no single doctor or specialist can have all the knowledge necessary to make a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. For instance, a neurologist will examine the brain and nervous system, a physiotherapist will look at the muscles, a dentist will examine the teeth etc. For this reason, the “multidisciplinary assessment” combines and integrates the expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables the different members of the team to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that all the contributing factors are addressed, giving the patient the best chance of eliminating the pain.

This information has been supplied and checked by the multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Headache Clinic, in association with The International Headache Society and the South African Institute of Headache and Migraine Science. For consultation with these specialists, call The Headache Clinic (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg) on 0861 678 911.
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