Headaches

Headaches cause pain that people worldwide are all familiar with. Studies show that more people suffer from chronic and recurring headaches than from asthma, diabetes and heart conditions. Globally, it has been estimated that half to three quarters of the adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had at least one headache in the last year and, among those individuals, more than 10% have reported a migraine. Headache on 15 or more days every month affects 1.7–4% of the world’s adult population. Despite regional variations, headache disorders are a worldwide problem, affecting people of all ages, races, income levels and geographical areas. Tension-type headache (“TTH”) is the most common primary headache disorder with episodic TTH is reported by more than 70% of some populations; chronic TTH affects 1-3% of adults.

Source: World Health Organization, Media Centre, Fact sheet N°277, Headache Disorders, October 2012

Often caused by stiffness in shoulders, neck and jaw muscles


Usually related to stress, depression and/or anxiety


May be triggered by overwork, lack of sleep, inadequate diet or consumption of alcoholic drinks


Untreated tension headaches may last 30 minutes to 7 days.


Episodic tensional headaches usually appear less than 15 days a month. When there is a higher incidence, the condition is described as a chronic headache.


More common in women, especially during childbearing age, since it may be associated with hormonal changes.


Most common symptom is a severe throbbing pain in the head— may also include nausea and light-and-noise sensitivity.


Without treatment, they may last 4 to 72 hours and occur 1 to 6 times per month on average.


Can be preceded by other symptoms or by the so-called, “aura”, when a person experiences pulsating lights in their field of vision.


It’s possible to control migraine attacks more effectively if you avoid your personal trigger factors and take the right pain reliever in time.


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