Headache: Is It a Migraine?

July 22, 2010 | carolyn

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HeadacheHeadaches can interfere with your life but depending on the type and severity headaches can be downright disabling!  Many sufferers describe how headaches, especially migraines, have prevented them from finding and keeping a job or attending important events such as a graduation or a wedding.  Many headache sufferers find themselves putting their lives on hold!

According to the World Health Organization: Fact Sheet No277: Headache Disorders:  

"In developed countries, Tension Type Headache (TTH) alone affects two-thirds of adult males and over 80% of females. Extrapolation from figures for migraine prevalence and attack incidence suggests that 3000 migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population. Less well recognized is the toll of chronic daily headache: up to one adult in 20 has headache every or nearly every day." 

It is important to determine what kind of headache you have.  Common headache types include cluster headaches, tension headaches and migraines.  For a brief description of them go to MayoClinic.com: Common Headache Types.  For more information about the kinds of headaches check out Headache Network Canada: Headache Diagnosis

Ranked as one of the most disabling illnesses by the World Health Organization, more women than men (three to one) suffer from migraines and most sufferers are between the ages of 25 and 55. 

Watch this informative video from the Headache Network Canada, Diagnosing and Treating Migraine in Canada.

Keeping a headache diary is one way for you and your doctor to understand what triggers your headache or migraine.  For an example of a headache diary and a blank form you can use go to Headache Network Canada: Headache Diaries.  Check out The Weather Network: Aches & Pains: Toronto, Ontario for weather-triggered ailments including migraine. 

Find-a-Headache Doctor by province through the Help for Headaches web site.  

Check out the Library's recent books about headache and migraine. To see which branch has a copy of the book and to place a hold, click on the title link;


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