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04 Feb

Debilitating headaches daily
I have been suffering with daily headaches for years now. At first I thought it was sinus related as I do have sinus problems. They are quite debilitating. I also grind my teeth at night. I used to be addicted to Coca Cola so cut that out about a month and a half ago and have noticed a marked improvement. I have read that sugar is a pro inflammatory agent. However I still have these headaches but just not as severe. Could they be related to grinding of my teeth? My one tooth is loose from grinding. I cannot afford to go to various doctors to be investigated for the cause of them.
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Headache expert

05 Feb

Dear Kim,

It is certainly possible that the tooth grinding is contributing to the problem, but it is unlikely to be the main cause.

There is only one way to approach the problem - it is essential to get a proper diagnosis by experts of what is causing the headaches. To get to the root of the problem, it is necessary to undergo an in-depth diagnosis to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. 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 knowledge of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables the team to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that all the contributing factors are addressed. 

 This assessment must include a thorough examination of the head and neck muscles to determine the presence of abnormal muscle tension, and of the external carotid vasculature to determine whether there is an arterial element to the pain. 

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