Questions and Answers on Pain and Headache

Pain may be described as the unpleasant awareness of a noxious stimulus or bodily harm. Individuals experience pain by various hurts and aches, and sometimes through more serious injuries or illnesses. Pain of any type is the most common reason for physician consultation in the United States, prompting half of all Americans to seek medical care annually. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, significantly interfering with a person's quality of life and general functioning. Diagnosis is based on describing pain in various ways — according to duration, intensity, type (dull, burning, throbbing or stabbing), source or location in body.

Headache is a term used to describe aching or pain that occurs in one or more areas of the head, face, mouth or neck. Headache can be chronic, recurrent or occasional. The pain can be mild or severe enough to disrupt daily activities. Headaches fall into two categories — primary and secondary.
Primary headaches account for about 90% of all headaches, and include three types — tension, cluster and migraine. Tension headache is the most common. Episodes usually begin in middle age and are often associated with the stress, anxiety and depression that can develop during these years. Cluster headaches occur daily over a period of weeks, sometimes months. They may disappear and then recur during the same season in the following year. A migraine headache is a throbbing or pulsating headache that is often one-sided and associated with nausea, vomiting, sleep disruption, depression and sensitivity to light, sound and smells. Attacks are often recurrent and tend to become less severe as the migraine sufferer ages.
Secondary headaches are associated with an underlying condition such as cerebrovascular disease, head trauma, infection, tumor or metabolic disorder. Head pain also can result from syndromes involving the eyes, ears, neck, teeth or sinuses. In these cases, the underlying condition must be diagnosed and treated. Also, certain medications may include headache as a side effect.

11/25/2011 - Questions and Answers
Thigh Pain

Thigh Pain: Symptoms and Treatment for Thigh Pain

I have been having some problems around my right outside thigh area. I get a pain like an electrical shock, even when I cough it pulls and produces that sensation. Also it hurts even to have my bed sheet lying on top of the area. It also burns deep down inside my thigh. What could be happening? Read more

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05/25/2010 - Questions and Answers

Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain?

Question I hear that marijuana is very effective for controlling chronic pain. Do you know where I can get a script for medical marijuana for my chronic pain. Read more

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11/20/2009 - Questions and Answers
What is Causing my Painful Mouth?

What is Causing my Painful Mouth?

Question My mouth is very sore ­ it's a sort of burning sensation that starts off in my tongue and spreads worse as the day wears on. I've had it now for weeks, and my doctor hasn't any good advice. Please help, it's driving me crazy. Read more

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11/05/2009 - Questions and Answers

Aspirin sensitivity

Question I think I may be sensitive to aspirin. What are the symptoms, and can it be treated? Read more

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08/21/2009 - Questions and Answers

Persistent Low Back Pain

Question I was involved in a car wreck 5 years ago, a rear-ender. This was my 4th back injury in 10 years. (I worked as a nurse in labor and delivery). Read more

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08/19/2009 - Questions and Answers
shoulder tendonitis

What does Shoulder Tendonitis or Rotator Cuff Injury mean? and how can my pain be helped ?

Shoulder Tendonitis (or rotator cuff tendonitis) is one of the most common conditions of the shoulder joint (rotator cuff). Read more

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07/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Butterbur for migraine?

Question I've heard from a fellow migraine-sufferer that an herb, Butterbur, can prevent migraines. Is this really so? I've always been a bit suspicious of herbs and "alternative" medicine. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

What causes fibromyalgia?

Question I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and I'm confused, because my doctor says it may be due to stress. I always thought it was something like rheumatism in the muscles, not in the mind. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Reflexology for headache?

Question I get terrible headaches - the tension type, I believe they're called. My friend swears by "reflexology". Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

A Stiff neck

Question I am 45 and have noticed stiffness in my neck when I wake up and it is constantly bothering me in my daily task as a truck driver. Read more

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