House Calls

SPR 2019

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the buzz WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Most often, a headache will pass on its own and is safe to treat at home with a proper dose of an over-the- counter medicine like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. However, seek medical help if: • Your headache does not respond to OTC medication after two or three days • Your headache is unusually severe or disabling • You begin having recurrent headaches when you previously did not • The headache is accompanied by other concerning symptoms like confusion, fever, or changes in personality or mental function for: Headaches M O R E H E A D A C H E F A C T S : 8 { spring 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders—or recurrent headaches— rank among the most common nervous system disorders in the world, affecting nearly half of adults at least once a year. And we've all been struck by a one-off tension headache, which is marked by a band of dull pain and pressure around the forehead. Here, we dive into the all-too common malady. WHAT A HEADACHE! OF AMERICANS SUFFER FROM MIGRAINE—THROBBING, OFTEN DEBILITATING HEADACHES THAT CAN BE ACCOMPANIED BY VISION DISTURBANCES AND NAUSEA. – N A T I O N A L H E A D A C H E F O U N D A T I O N The exact cause of headaches is unknown, but it's thought that tight muscles, dilated blood vessels, or nerve issues in the head or neck may be to blame. –JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE Tension headaches can result from a host of LIFESTYLE FACTORS, including: eye strain (often from screens or driving), dehydration, alcohol, hunger, caffeine, stress, or fatigue. -HARVARD HEALTH PUBLISHING CLUSTER HEADACHES are uncommon but extremely severe. They typically last between 15 MINUTES AND 3 HOURS and occur multiple times per day for multiple weeks at a time. – H A R V A R D H E A L T H P U B L I S H I N G Tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines are known as "PRIMARY" HEADACHES as they're the most common. – W O R L D H E A L T H O R G A N I Z A T I O N Tension-type headaches affect about 3 in 4 adults a year. - H A R V A R D H E A L T H P U B L I S H I N G TRYING TO DECIPHER THE KIND OF HEADACHE YOU HAVE? TAKE NOTE OF ITS LOCATION : SINUS TENSION MIGRAINE CLUSTER

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