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22 Jan

Headache every month
I get these terrible headaches once a month for 3 days. Only on my left hand side. The pain spreads into my jaw, throut and then into my back. The left side of my face sometimes get puffy with the pain. Been to a few doctors, used thousands of rands of pills. But nothing works. All I can do is wait for 3 days for the pain to go.
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Headache expert

23 Jan

Dear Ninon,

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 expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables the different members of 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 tension, and of the external carotid vasculature to determine whether there is an arterial element to the pain. 

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