Chronic headaches are dangerous for a person, even if the cause of their occurrence is not associated with any serious pathology. According to experts, prolonged pain irritation causes overexcitation of brain neurons, which subsequently leads to their death and gray matter atrophy (a decrease in its volume and a decrease in brain functions). This is one of the reasons why doctors insist on the need for timely diagnosis and treatment of headaches.
In rare cases, a headache signals the development of serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. You should immediately consult a doctor in case of a sudden onset, intense headache or if it is combined with one of the following symptoms:
- visual disturbances (double vision, veil, “lightning” or “flies” before the eyes)
- increase in body temperature
- speech disorders
- neck stiffness (inability to tilt the head forward)
Tension headache: symptoms and treatment
This is the most common type of pain. Tension headache – external, dull, constrictive. Patients compare it to the pain of a headband or small rubber cap. It hurts to comb your hair, touch the scalp. The pain can recur for many years without much change.
Tension headache treatment is usually done on an outpatient basis. The treatment regimen may include:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- muscle relaxants
- head and neck massage
- physiotherapy procedures
With frequent or chronic headaches, the selection of preventive treatment is indicated.