ABC of Headache by Anne MacGregor, Alison Frith

By Anne MacGregor, Alison Frith

In its various shows, headache is likely one of the most typical signs visible by means of family members practitioners. the trouble is in diagnosing the reason for the headache in order that the fitting remedy is equipped, or if referral to a expert is the steered plan of action. The ABC of Headache is helping with this quandary and courses the health practitioner to appear for the prospective explanations of proposing signs. in line with genuine case histories, every one bankruptcy publications the reader from indicators via to analysis and administration. This new ABC is a hugely illustrated, informative, and functional resource of information. With hyperlinks to extra details and assets, it's a worthwhile textual content for healthcare pros in any respect degrees of perform and coaching.

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2 Long-term prognosis and relapse rates depend on class of acute medication overused and prior headache type Source: Katsarava Z, Limmroth V, Finke M, Diener HC, Fritsche G. Rates and predictors for relapse in medication overuse headache: a 1-year prospective study. Neurology 2003; 60(10): 1682–3. 3). 3 Short-term prognosis and outcomes after withdrawal depends on class of acute medication overused Source: Adapted from Zeeberg P, Olesen J, Jensen R. Probable medicationoveruse headache: the effect of a 2-month drug-free period.

Headache has developed or markedly worsened during analgesic overuse D. Headache resolves or reverts to its previous pattern within two months after discontinuation of analgesics Source: Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The International Classification of Headache Disorders (2nd edition). Cephalalgia 2004; 24 (suppl 1): 1–160. 3). g. biofeedback, relaxation therapy) Acute symptomatic treatment Acute treatment of withdrawal headaches and migraine attacks must be provided to minimize suffering and maximize compliance.

1 International Classification of Headache Disorders. Diagnostic criteria for migraine without aura Diagnostic criteria A. At least five attacks, with one fulfilling criteria B–D B. Headache attacks lasting 4–72 hours (untreated or unsuccessfully treated) C. Headache has at least two of the following characteristics: 1. unilateral location 2. pulsating quality 3. moderate or severe pain intensity 4. g. walking or climbing stairs) D. During headache at least one of the following: 1. nausea and/or vomiting 2.

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