oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Headaches explained : pain

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Nearly everyone will suffer a headache at some time in their lives. Therefore, it is not surprising that the pharmacist's assistant will frequently encounter patients who seek treatment for a headache. According to the International Headache Association, headaches can broadly be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches include migraines and tension and cluster headaches. Generally, they are not associated with an obvious structural abnormality, whereas secondary headaches can be attributed to another cause. Examples include headaches that are caused by head and neck trauma or infection. Patients with suspected secondary headaches should be referred to a doctor immediately.

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