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Diseases » Headache » Summary
 

What is Headache?

What is Headache?

Almost everyone gets an occasional headache and they are usually harmless. On the other hand, headache is a symptom ...more »

  • Headache: In medicine a headache or cephalalgia is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and sometimes neck. Some of the causes are benign while others are medical emergencies. It ranks among the most common pain complaints.
  • Headache: Pain in various parts of the head, not confined to the area of distribution of any nerve.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Headache: pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Headache: Introduction

Types of Headache:

Types of Headache:

Broader types of Headache:

How many people get Headache?

Prevalance of Headache: 45 million Americans get chronic headaches. 20 million American women (NWHIC).
Prevalance Rate of Headache: approx 1 in 6 or 16.54% or 45 million people in USA [about data]

How serious is Headache?

Prognosis of Headache: Depends on subtype and cause of headache; common headache usually harmless.
Complications of Headache: see complications of Headache
Prognosis of Headache: About 90 percent of chronic headache patients can be helped. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Headache Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Headache?

Causes of Headache: see causes of Headache
Risk factors for Headache: see risk factors for Headache

What are the symptoms of Headache?

Symptoms of Headache: see symptoms of Headache

Complications of Headache: see complications of Headache

Headache: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Headache.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Headache.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Headache: Internist, Neurologist, Psychologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Headache.
Treatments for Headache: see treatments for Headache
Alternative treatments for Headache: see alternative treatments for Headache
Research for Headache: see research for Headache

Society issues for Headache


Hospitalization statistics for Headache: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Headache:

  • 0.3% (37,798) of hospital consultant episodes were for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for headache required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for headache were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for headache were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for headache required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Physician office visits for Headache: 9,876,000 people visited a physician’s office for headaches in the US 2001 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2001) Physician office visits for Headache: headache sufferers make over 8 million visits a year to doctor's offices. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Organs Affected by Headache:

Organs and body systems related to Headache include:

Name and Aliases of Headache

Main name of condition: Headache

Other names or spellings for Headache:

cephalalgia

Cephalgia, Cephalodynia, Head pain Source - Diseases Database

Headache, Head ache, Headache, Cephalalgia, Head ache, Cephalalgia
Source - WordNet 2.1

Headache: Related Conditions

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