Headache or Migraine... What to do?

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Suffering a Headache or Migraine?

If you are suffering a headache or migraine, it is appropriate that your first step is to consult your doctor. Your doctor will examine you and then determine if a neurological opinion is required and whether a CT or MRI scan of your head is necessary. Occasionally, scans can identify significant but luckily uncommon headache sources such as an aneurysm or tumour. In the vast majority of cases your scans will be normal.

If Your Scan is Normal?

Firstly, you should feel relieved. Scans will rule out the more sinister causes of headache or migraine. 

Discovering Your Headache Source?

It is recommended that you should then commence a process of elimination starting with the most common and easily fixed sources.

Two common sources of headache that can be quickly assessed, treated and eliminated are neck headache and jaw headache. A thorough examination of your neck by a skilled headache physiotherapist is your next port of call. Researchers believe that at least one in four headaches are neck origin and less than that are jaw headache, you'll have over a 25% chance that your physiotherapist will confirm and then relieve your headache at your first consultation.

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    Last updated 23-Oct-2014 06:05 PM

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