Migraine and Headache

Headaches and Migraine: A G.P. explains Medicine for when the Medicine isn’t working – exploring food allergies, hormones, nutrition and digestive influences.

Migraine, headache and neuralgia.

Please get worrisome headaches checked out properly. Most but not headaches - are ‘benign’ (i.e. they will not kill you or seriously damage your health) – but, to be on the safe side, please do consult with your GP over any unusual or worrisome headaches.

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Usually patients come to see us when the ‘standard treatment’ just isn’t working

Often the headaches will have been present for three to five years.
Most common headache treatments and alternative approaches will have been tried without success. Headache will usually be significantly impacting work and personal life. As one lady ruefully joked: “I only get one migraine per week but the problem is that it lasts seven days!”

My focus is: try to find what is causing the headaches so as to stop or reduce the continued use of strong painkillers unless unavoidable.

A detailed history is an important diagnostic tool. Over time a comprehensive evaluation may include physiology and biochemistry, a search for migraine triggers including foods, chemical and environmental sensitivities, sluggish liver enzymes, hormonal imbalances, testing for low-grade bacterial and /or fungal gut infections. Think of headache as analogous to a crack in the wall. Merely papering over the crack (pills) may work short-term but, if headache worsens (i.e. the crack gets wider) then it may become progressively harder to treat. If at all possible it is better to repair the crack in the wall (i.e. identify and treat the imbalance which is causing the migraine) rather than just ‘paper’ over the crack.

Types of headache commonly treated at Drummartin Clinic.

Tension Headache
Chronic Daily Headache
Sinus Headache
Migraine with Aura
Migraine without Aura
‘Brain Fog’ headache
Headache associated with ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia.
Menstrual cycle-related / Hormonal headaches.
Post-herpetic (post-shingles) neuralgia.

Headache types I have no special expertise beyond conventional medicine

Cluster headaches or
Atypical facial pain.

Some hints regarding ‘dangerous’ types of headache: Urgent consultation with your GP or emergency department is advised.

Potentially dangerous headaches tend to be worse whilst lying, bending, coughing, or in the early morning on wakening.

Temporal arteritis headache is usually gradual in onset, associated with a tender scalp and tends to occur in those over 50 years old.

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage may present with a severe, sudden headache, neck stiffness and light sensitivity.

Meningitis headache is usually comes on over 24 hours or less but is quite gradual in its onset. There may be fever, rash, vomiting, light sensitivity and a stiff neck.