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06 Aug 2007

Migraine Attacks
Hi Doc
I have been getting constant migraines, one after the other, last week i was feeling dizzy and disorientated the whole day with this constant pressure on my head, as i left work i fainted in the foyer and was rushed to hospital. The doc did an assessment but could not find any possible cause for the dizzy spells. I have had this constant migraine for almost 2 weeks now, going away for a couple of hours then coming back again. These migraines and dizzy spells has kept me out of work for 3 days in a space of 2 weeks and this cannot continue...

Please provide urgent advice as i need to get my life back...
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Headache expert
headache expert

01 Jan 0001

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 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 assessment must include a thorough examination of the head and neck muscles to determine the presence of abnormal tension. This enables the different members of the team to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that all the contributing factors are addressed.

Headache sufferers often have a poor Quality of Life due to the constant pain and associated symptoms. For a free assessment of how your headaches are affecting your Quality of Life, click on

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.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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