Updated 25 October 2019

Headache alert

The brain is your body’s control centre, and headaches are often the early warning system for other conditions such as sinus infections or flu.

Headaches really do come in different shapes and sizes. The brain is the body’s control centre, and headaches are often an early warning system for any number of ailments.

Some headaches are self-inflicted – such as a pounding hangover brought on by too many alcoholic beverages the night before, or a dull ache caused by from sitting in direct sun without a protective hat or sunglasses. But some headaches arrive unannounced and, like migraines, can stay for days.

The Headache Expert answers questions covering the full spectrum of head pain:

  • children with headaches
  • pain caused by the use of prescribed medication
  • headache powder addiction
  • daily migraines brought on by jaw-clenching at night
  • and one reader who writes in to ask about what causes jaw spasms

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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