Headaches are unpleasant and widespread. According to the German pain League, half of the adult population, suffers almost under the annoying throb and Pull in the head. The symptoms can vary: Some patients report a Sting at a certain point of the head. For others, the pain is rather taking. The range of variations is endless: experts differ about 165 different headache types.
The good news is: In most cases, the complaints are harmless. This is also the most common headache is delicate, is the tension headache. Affected recognize him because he is rather dull and oppressive, as would putting a steel band around the head. “It is typical that the pain during a stress load and then slowly increase,” it says on the side of the German pain League. About every third German is to suffer at least once in a month under tension headaches.
A migraine is one of the more common headache types. It is expressed by “usually unilateral, throbbing or pulsating pain attacks, accompanied by Nausea and vomiting.” Some migraine patients are sensitive to noise and light. In the case of others a so – called Aura occurs before the pain attack, or during. The patient will then see sudden flashes before the eyes, and the field of view may be limited. Women are slightly more likely to be affected by migraine attacks than men.
Unusual headaches should be discussed with the doctor
Although headaches are very widespread, unsettling many patients: when is a headache a case for the doctor? The German migraine and headache society has a guide. Accordingly, all of the headaches clarification are needed, “in their intensity, duration, and/or localization unusual”, or if the headaches occur for the first time at the age of about 40 years.
Headaches “occur on a daily or almost daily”, are also a reason to see a doctor. Regular headache attacks to convince may to pain pills too often or too carelessly. This in turn can lead to recurrence of headache attacks – a vicious circle.
A case for the doctor headaches even if you respond to previously effective drugs after a head injury occur, or “in spite of treatment frequency, intensity, and duration to increase”. Also symptoms such as feeling, Vision or balance problems, watering eyes, severe dizziness, and disorders of memory or orientation, should be discussed with a doctor. Basically, the experts, “in case of doubt, the rates of” always to visit a doctor. The first point of contact should be the family doctor.
A hemorrhage in the brain causing a crushing headache
A case for the emergency physician headaches are, if they are extremely violent, occur acutely and are barely bearable. “Severe, acute headache can be a bleeding in the brain clues,” said the emergency physician, Peter Sefrin in an interview with the star. Also, epileptic seizures, paralysis, loss of consciousness, high fever, mental changes and neurological deficits should be immediately by a physician are clarified phenomena – either via the emergency service by dialing 112 or in the nearest hospital.
Ill not float acute in danger to life, can also contact the medical on-call service. He is under the number 116 117 (nationwide, without area code) and cares for patients in need outside of the medical office hours help.
Sources: German pain League e. V. / German migraine and headache society e. V. / Interview with Peter Sefrin, the Federal doctor of the German Red cross