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19 Jul 2005

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My girlfriend has been having this headache for about a week and a half the symptoms are sensitivity to light and loud noise, she says it hurts all around sorta in the shape of a halo around her head and behind her eyes it doesn't hurt to the point of tears or anything but it is making life difficult I was just wondering what can I do to help out?
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01 Jan 0001

Fresh D ear,

There is a lot you can do to help your girlfriend. There is a sequence of steps to be taken for anyone suffering from headaches, and with the symptoms you have described. The first step is that the patient must 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 the headaches. Although this is uncommon, it is essential to exclude this possibility before doing anything else.

If the patient gets a clean bill of health, 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 causes of the headache. If the causes 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” approach. 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 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.

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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