Get The Heads-Up On Headaches

MIGRAINES ARE MORE THAN JUST A BAD HEADACHE

Nausea, vomiting, laying down in darkened rooms – migraines are beyond a pain. Did you know that there are four stages to the migraine and that they can last for days?

Migraine Clinic stuff

DEHYDRATION

If you have a headache and can’t think of any obvious reasons for it, it’s quite likely that you haven’t had enough water as one of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration? Read our dehydration guide to find out what happens if your case of dehydration is more serious and how you can treat it. Link to Clinic stuff

Dehydration Clinic stuff

CONCUSSION – TIME TO GET SERIOUS

If you’ve had a bump on the head recently and are feeling drowsy and dizzy you may have concussion – in which case it’s time to get serious and see the Doc or go to A&E. We’ve got a full list of symptoms and advice on what to do if you’re worried you might be concussed here

Concussion Clinic stuff

WORK OUT WHY YOU’VE GOT THAT PAIN WITH A HEADACH DIARY

If you suffer frm headaches but don’t know what triggers them, keeping a headache diary would be useful. It might be a bit boring to keep up to date with at first but it could be key to getting to the source of the problem.

Download the Doctor Wellgood headache diary as a PDF here

HUNGOVER?

Self-inflicted headache (oooh, and the rest!) – check out our hangover section in the Clinic or watch the video

Hangover Clinic stuff

Headaches can be a real pain in the butt. 10 million people in the UK get headaches regularly. If you’re one of those, or share your life with someone who is, there are some things you should know.

Some people get so many they start to think that headaches are normal. Wrong! Headaches don’t usually happen for no reason at all.

Having a headache is often your body’s way of trying to tell you something. So fixing something else you thought had nothing to do with that pain in your head might get rid of your pesky headache.

Headaches affect everyone in different ways. Some people can put up with the pain and others have to sleep it off. The pain of a headache can be from the top of the neck to above your nose and the type of pain can differ greatly.

FACT: Headaches are one of the most common health problems in the UK with more than 10 million people having headaches frequently.

PAIN KILLERS COULD BE CAUSING YOU PAIN

Be careful reaching for the painkillers at the slightest headache. The National Institute for clinical Excellence (NICE) advise that using pain killers too much can actually be causing more headaches.

Using painkillers (paracetemol, aspirin etc) for up to half of the days in a month can lead to an increase in headaches.

They estimate that about 1 in 50 people have headaches that are actually caused by painkiller overuse.

FACT: 25 million days a year are taken off school and work each year because of headaches!

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO GO TO THE DOCTOR?

1 in 25 GP consultations are about headaches. If you just get the odd headache you don’t usually need to go to the doctors.

If you frequently get headaches or they’re really bad it may be worth checking it out with your GP. If you have headache things to watch out for that it may be more serious are:

  • Stiff neck, vomiting and confusion
  • If it’s after an accident, especially if you’ve bumped your head.
  • If you’re also weak and numb
  • If you’re confused and/ or have slurred speech.