Almost everybody has one now and then, but people tend to dismiss them as a nuisance at best. “All headaches are not the same,” says P.N. Renjen, senior consultant, neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. “You need to figure out what sort of headache you are dealing with.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are most prevalent in one’s productive years—from the late teens to the 50s—and have been linked with loss of productivity and absenteeism at work and school.
While migraines are more commonly known now, there are also other types of headaches that can be debilitating in varying degrees. And since there are no definitive tests to clearly identify some headaches, diagnosing them can be tricky.
It’s common for chronic migraine to be diagnosed as chronic tension-type headache (TTH), says Mukul Varma, senior consultant, neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. “When migraine becomes chronic, the migrainous character (one-sided, throbbing pain) of many of the headaches is lost, and they assume a tension-type character (whole head, dull ache of a non-throbbing kind). The International Headache Classification now says that even if eight of the 15 headaches occurring in a month have a migrainous character, the diagnosis is chronic migraine,” explains Dr Varma, who will be attending the 16th edition of the International Headache Congress starting 27 June in Boston, US, where neurologists and pain specialists will discuss the latest in headache research and medical practice.
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