Headaches

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Extracranial; most common type of headache.

Referred pain (the pain comes from else where but felt in the head, teeth, ears, eyes etc.)

Causes

Inflammation of nerves from teeth, ears, eyes. Or prolonged muscle contraction eg neck OR Vascular conditions

Intracranial; minority of headaches, more serious

Causes

Distortion of pain sensitive area eg tumour, vascular conditions, conditions affecting the meninges

TESTS TO BE DONE ON PATIENTS WITH HEADACHES: FIELDS, PRESSURES, GENERAL HEALTH

Extracranial: Asthenopia, Sinus Pain, Tension Headache, Psychotic or Malingering, Migraine, 

Asthenopia:

Dull achey pain, Associated with an eye problem, usually worse towards the end of the day, associated with reading. 

Management: try glasses for a couple of weeks to see if it eleveates the headaches.

Sinus Pain:

Could occur up to a week after a respiratory tract infection, Worse when bending over (due to an increase in pressure)

Tension Headache:

Associated with stress( eg student with exams or personal life), vague dull ache.

Psychotic or Milingering

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