Headaches are common. In any given year, 80% of people will experience at least one significant headache. 90% of people will have a headache during their lifetime. Women are affected more frequently than men. Yet, as common as headaches are, an individual's pain is often not appreciated by family members, friends, co-workers or employers.
This section of the Wasser Pain Management Web site focuses on the common forms of headache including symptoms and remedies. It is important to note that while headaches can sometimes signal a serious medical problem (such as a brain tumour or aneurysm) most headaches are benign. That is, despite the severity of the pain, no permanent damage is going to follow. Most headaches are not life threatening.
There are many myths about headaches and how they come about. At the Wasser Pain Management Centre, we focus on facts and research in order to help alleviate our patients' pain and discomfort. More than ever there is research into better headache treatments and medicines and we are on the leading front.
After a careful examination by a doctor, most patients will not have to undergo any tests.
There is more research now into better headache treatments than ever before. Advances in medical science are making new and effective drugs available.
Modern techniques are permitting older drugs to be improved. Controlled or sustained release forms of some drugs are fruitful possibilities.
The Wasser Pain Management Centre is actively participating in headache research. One area of particular interest is the link between some types of headache and pain or spasm in the jaw muscles. Other centers are also exploring this relationship.
There are already a large number of useful medications and treatments. Patients have to team up with their doctors to make them work to their fullest potential.