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22 Nov 2005

pleeease help ;( 14 and ALWAYS getting hedaches
hey im 14 and get hedaches almost everyday...theres two types of hedaches i get. the one, my head is sore at the midde of my head and its REALLY bad and the other one (which i get the most) is right at the bottom of my head its normally on one side only. the other day i had it for two days it was SO bad!!!!! the pain was unbearable i couldnt get to sleep and then kept waking up in the middle of the night. i also get alot of dizzy spells it lasts for about 5 secs.....i really need help, iv tried so much i use to go to i think its called body stress relese and that didnt help and now im going to an ostiopath (i think its called that) which isnt helping either. im gona start palaties bu what do you think it is?
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Headache expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Ema,

No-one can possibly life a happy and productive life with the amount of pain you have. To get your life back, you must have a proper diagnosis by people that really know about headaches. There are a number of steps. First you need a proper medical assessment, which should include a neurological examination. The reason for this is to make absolutely certain that there is not some serious or life threatening underlying medical condition causing the headaches. Although this is uncommon, it is essential to exclude this possibility before doing anything else.

Once this has been done, then the next part of the investigation is started. The correct way to deal with the problem is to have a proper diagnosis of the underlying causes of the headache. If these are treated, the headaches no longer occur, and it is no longer necessary to rely on potentially harmful “rescue” medication.

To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary” assessment. There are many different structures in the head and neck, all of which can be involved in the headache process, and 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.

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).
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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