Posted by: Lebogang | 2007/07/20

Right/left eye is sore and burning

Currently my right eye is sore and burning from the back of the eye.At the same time the nerves next to the eye also get sore and this gives me headaches on the right hand side.Sometimes the same problem occurs on my left hand side.
Last year I had an operation on my head because the doctors discovered that I had a clot pressing agaist my left brain.The operation was successful but now I have this problem mentioned above.
What could be the cause?Could this be serious?

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Dear Lebogang,

I is unlikely that the problem you have now is related to the successful operation you had, but it is still important that you have it diagnosed properly.

Anyone suffering from the kind of symptoms which you have described, particularly with your history must have a proper medical assessment, which has to start with a neurological examination. The reason for this is to make absolutely certain that the present problem is unrelated to your previous one.

Once this has been done, then the next part of the investigation is started. The correct way to deal with the problem is to have a proper diagnosis of the underlying causes of the headache. If these are treated, the headaches no longer occur, and it is no longer necessary to rely on potentially harmful “rescue” medication.

To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary” assessment. There are many different structures in the head and neck, all of which can be involved in the headache process, and no single specialist can have all the knowledge necessary to make a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. For this reason, the combined the expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, are co-ordinated into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables a more comprehensive treatment plan, in which all the contributing factors are addressed. This assessment must include examination to determine the presence of tension in the head and neck muscles.

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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 on 0861 678 911 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).

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