Our expert says:
It sounds as though you have a combination of muscle and arterial pain, but one has to have an expert diagnosis to be certain.
To get to the root of the problem, you need
what is called a “multidisciplinary assessment”, which should include a neurological examination to rule out any serious
underlying condition. 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.
Headache sufferers often have a poor
Quality of Life due to the constant pain and associated symptoms. For a free
assessment of how your headaches are affecting your Quality of Life, click on http://www.headacheclinic.co.za/
To contact The Headache Clinic (Cape Town, Durban,
Johannesburg), call 0861 678 911, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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