Understand what’s behind your headache

Everyone suffers from occasional headaches, according to The World Health Organisation. However, these are not so constant and/or so severe to the point of disrupting the afflicted person’s daily life.

What to do when headaches become frequent and painful that the sufferer can no longer function properly, or go on with his/her every day chores?

Headaches can be divided in two categories: primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches do not have an underlying disease. These include migraine and tension/stress-related headaches. 

Secondary headaches, on the other hand, can be linked to serious health concerns, such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.

Any other sensations accompanying headaches such as vomiting, seizures, muscle pain, night sweat and weight loss work as an alert that you must seek medical attention quickly. Any lingering headache that does not phase out after a reasonable time requires a medical check-up by a physician.

This post is based on the original article published in The Hazleton Standard-Speaker on 12 Aug 2018 by Paul Mackarey (Mackarey is a doctor in health sciences specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, can be reached at drpmackarey@msn.com)

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