Headaches - May be preceded by an Aura May be associated...

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Headaches A headache is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Symptoms A useful way of thinking about heads is:- Chronic Headaches o Tension Headache A bilateral headache which may be described as feeling like a tight band Most common type of headache, usually mild to moderate Can last for a few days o Cervical Spondylosis Headache which starts in the occiput and radiates forwards o Chronic Daily Headaches These occur on more than 15 days in a month They may be associated with taking too many opiate based pain killers o Raised Intracranial Pressure Worse in the morning Associated with Nausea and Vomiting Acute and Recurrent o Migraine Usually unilateral
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Unformatted text preview: May be preceded by an Aura May be associated with halos or visual distortion Can last 4-72 hours o Cluster Headaches Unilateral focused around the eye, cheek and temporal lobe More common in men Severe pain which comes on in the early hours of the morning and lasts for 20-60 minutes o Trigeminal Neuralgia Usually unilateral Severe burning/knife like pain Acute Single Episode o Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Very rapid onset thunderclap headache Bilateral in nature, worse around the occiput Associated with Nausea and Vomiting and impaired consciousness o Acute Meningitis Headache occurs in 90% of cases Other symptoms include Sudden Fever, Nuchal Rigidity, Altered mental state and Photophobia o Angle Closure Glaucoma Sudden ocular pain with a Red eye Halos or visual distortion Fixed, mid-dilated pupil Nausea and Vomiting...
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