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Headache Myths

Debunking the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Headache:

  • Just because headache is common doesn't mean that it's normal.† This is the most significant headache myth.† Despite the out-dated stigma about people with migraine or other recurrent headache being malingerers, weak, neurotic, or having a mental illness, headache is a real, legitimate, biologic syndrome that can be prevented, treated, and managed.†
  • If I have severe, recurrent headaches, I might have a brain tumor.† While brain tumors are a possibility, they are RARE.† If you are worried about this, that's all the more reason to see your doctor sooner rather than later.
  • If my partner says, "Not tonight dear, I have a headache", it means they just aren't interested in having sex.† While that may be one option, chances are much more likely that they really have a headache!† Headache can definitely dampen or eliminate libido, especially a migraine or cluster headache.† For tension headaches, you can actually comfort your partner with a massage, support and understanding- often for your mutual benefit.
  • I've had these headaches for years; there's nothing that works.† Not necessarily.† There are several new treatments that have become available in the past few years; just because one or two haven't worked for you doesn't mean there aren't others that will.† If you haven't gotten useful medical advice from your current physician(s), ask for a referral to a headache specialist.

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Created: 10/17/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

 Just because headache is common doesnít mean that itís normal. 

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