oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - General approach and classification of headaches : clinical



Headache is a common presenting complaint.

History is the most important tool for diagnosis.
There are 2 major types of headache disorder - primary and secondary.
There are certain features that are cause for concern, for example, onset of a new headache after the age of 50, new-onset headache in a patient with HIV, headache associated with pregnancy.
Most chronic daily headaches are benign.
Analgesic overuse is a common cause of chronic daily headache.


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