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27 Jul 2005

Constant Severe Headaches
My wife goes to bed and wakeup with this terrible headache on top of her head for the past 28years. No tablets are working.

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Headache expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Nico,

You can take some comfort from the fact that if your wife has had the problem for so long, then there is certainly not a serious underlying condition.

The answer is not tablets, as even if they work, they only take the pain away, and don’t prevent it.

There is always a cause for pain, and with perseverance and the correct diagnostic techniques, one can usually find the cause. To get to the root of the problem, your wife needs what is called a “multidisciplinary” approach. 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, we have combined the expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables us to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that 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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