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07 Mar 2007

pins & needles in my head
i suffer 4rm severe headaches , almost everyday some days i go to bed wiyh a headache and i get up with ,but lately i've started getting pins and needles in my head although not often but i am a bit worried.
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headache expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Jess,

The most likely explanation is that you are developing a condition (not dangerous) called ‘cutaneous allodynia’. This occurs when people suffer from severe headaches – the nerves to the scalp become sensitive themselves, and start to give the kind of sensation that you have described. This happens more often in people who take a lot of headache medication, and the problem gets worse and worse.

It is vitally important that you find out what is causing your headaches and have the correct treatment. 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.

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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.
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