Posted by: Mr Forgetful | 2007/07/23

headache anf forgetfulness

Hi Doc, I am a 36 year old male with aproblem of having alot of headaches these days and can't remember much of the things that i read. I have been struggle ling with this memory loss for year but now i think it is getting worse. the work that i do requires me to read alot and i find it very frustrating to just loose all the information i have read. i have tries brain tonic and vital product to see if they can help, but in vain. can you please advice.

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Dear Mr Forgetful,

Memory loss is a common problem with headache sufferers – it is usually as a result of disturbed sleep patterns experienced by headache sufferers. This can lead to a number of other problems as well like depression and anxiety.

The only way to treat the problem is to first diagnose and treat the headache. To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary assessment”. 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 assessment must include a thorough examination of the head and neck muscles to determine the presence of abnormal tension. This enables the different members of the team to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that all the contributing factors are addressed.

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

This information has been supplied and checked by the multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Headache Clinic, in association with The International Headache Society and the South African Institute of Headache and Migraine Science. For consultation with these specialists, call The Headache Clinic (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg) on 0861 678 911.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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