Our expert says:
If your doctor has diagnosed you with high blood pressure, then surely you were prescribed medication to control it - I don't know who told you that drinking water and eating healthy foods will bring your blood pressure down, but it is highly unlikely that you can control your blood pressure in this way.
Although high blood pressure can sometimes make headaches worse, it is not the cause of your headaches.
It is essential to get a proper diagnosis
by experts of what is causing the headaches. To get to the root of the problem,
it is necessary to undergo an in-depth diagnosis to determine exactly where the
pain is coming from. 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. To learn more about the multidisciplinary assessment, please click here
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. For more information on how the muscles can
affect headaches, please click here.
For more information on the involvement of the arteries in the pain please
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 here
To contact The Headache Clinic (Johannesburg, Cape Town),
call 011 484 0933, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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