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13 Nov 2006

headaches after upper respitory tract
after being diagnosed with an upper respitary tract infection two weeks ago, i am still suffering from painful headaches when i make sudden movements like stretching or laying my head on the pillow. i do still have alot of flem in my chest could the headache still be lingering around like the cough? or something else? i have also been very tired.
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headache expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Dettie,

It is most important that you have a proper medical assessment, which should include a neurological examination. The reason for this is to make absolutely certain that there is not some underlying medical condition causing your headaches. It is possible for an upper respiratory infection to spread to the lining of the brain and cause meningitis. Although this is unlikely, it is essential to exclude this possibility before doing anything else.

If nothing serious is found at the medical examination, then the next part of the investigation is carried out. To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary” approach. This must include an assessment of the tension in the head and neck muscles. There are so many different structures in the head and neck are, all of which can be involved in the headache process, that no single specialist can have all the knowledge necessary to make a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. For this reason, the combined the expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, are co-ordinated into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables a more comprehensive treatment plan, in which all the contributing factors are addressed.

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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 on 0861 678 911 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).

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