“It’s just a headache, a Panadol or two and I’ll be fine.” We’ve all said or heard this before. Over the counter medications are often the go-to for relief from a headache. Headache sufferers often opt for self-treatment and self-medication, with very few people seeking formal treatment or advice (2). Although the head is quite effective as armour, it is unfortunately not immune to the bane that is the headache! Headaches are more common than you may think. WHO conducted a study in which a questionnaire was sent to 101 countries and determined that approximately 40% of people worldwide suffer with headaches (1).
There are several types of headaches ranging from migraines, tension-type headaches, cervicogenic headaches, etc (1). They may affect mood, concentration, cognitive function, and energy levels (2). Although some headaches may be caused by sinusitis, high blood pressure, infection, etc. Research has shown that some headaches may be caused by adaptable factors such as poor diet, stress, increased screen time on smartphones and computers; and poor posture (2). Although headaches are complex and mysterious at times, you may find the best solution can turn out to be the most obvious.
If you would like to read further, please see the links to the articles used in this post below:
- World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011. Geneva: World Health Organisation, 2011.
- Goadsby, P.J., Lantéri-Minet, M., Michel, M.C. et al.21st century headache: mapping new territory. J Headache Pain 22, 19 (2021).