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Q. I am suffering from headache from the last 20 years. Please advise.

Answered by
Dr. Ella Maponya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 04, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am suffering from a headache from the last 20 years. I am a male, 40 years old, 65 kg, smoker (four cigarettes per day). I am taking Saridon per day two tablets.

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Hello,

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It looks like you are having a chronic headache which was not resolved by Saridon which are painkillers. Chronic headaches can be one of the disabling problems. You have to see a doctor for an evaluation if your headache is of the following nature. You usually have two or more headaches a week. You take painkillers for your headache most days, the headache pattern changes or it gets worse, the headaches are disabling, the headache is accompanied by fever, neck stiffness, numbness, difficulty speaking.

Chronic headaches causes include the following. Brain tumor, Inflammation or other problems with the blood vessels in and around the brain including stroke especially considering that you are a smoker, infections such as meningitis, traumatic brain injury, high blood pressure, chronic migraines. It is important to be evaluated as this may lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and other psychological issues. Treatment of your headache will depend on the cause. Tests and scans need to be done to get a clear diagnosis. In the meantime, please also consider stopping smoking as it might be related to the cause of your headache. Also keep a headache diary which will help you determine what triggers your headache, wherein the head is the pain, when it started, and how long it lasted. Best wishes.


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