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25 Jul 2005

Headache behind left eye
I have a headache on my left eye almost 3 times a week and it does not respond well to pain killers. I have been having these headache for a long time and it used to go away when I took a nap, but now it is painful even if I am asleep.What could it be caused by?I am 31 years old and I have been having it since I was in my late teens. My family have also been having headaches and the ended up wearing clases.(2 sisters and a brother)
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Headache expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Rosa,

Headaches often run in families, but fortunately this doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about them. If you do have eye problems like the other members of your family, then you will need spectacles. But remember that the eyes are often wrongly blamed for headaches. If they are involved, they are most likely not the only factor, so one has to look further as well.

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 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.
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