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Headache

Also known as Migraine, Head Ache, Cephalgia, Head Pain, and Cranial Pain

A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of headache are migraine, common cold, and chronic sinusitis. Other possible causes, such as concussion, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with headache, 41% report having dizziness, 41% report having fever, and 41% report having nausea.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with headache often receive radiographic imaging procedure, x-ray computed tomography, intravenous fluid replacement, glucose measurement, cat scan of head, kidney function tests, electrolytes panel and cardiac enzymes measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with headache include prochlorperazine (compro), sumatriptan (imitrex), acetaminophen / butalbital / caffeine, nalbuphine (nubain), midrin, rizatriptan (maxalt), eletriptan (relpax), zolmitriptan (zomig), naproxen / sumatriptan, aspirin / butalbital / caffeine, frovatriptan (frova), acetaminophen / butalbital and almotriptan (axert) .

Prochlorperazine (Compro)
$14
(14 days)
Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
$106
(21 days)
Nalbuphine (Nubain)
$107
(14 days)
Midrin

Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
$262
(21 days)
Eletriptan (Relpax)
$212
(21 days)
Zolmitriptan (Zomig)
$215
(21 days)
Frovatriptan (Frova)
$298
(21 days)
Almotriptan (Axert)
$225
(21 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for headache include . On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get headache.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
1.4x
15-29 years
1.4x
30-44 years
1.4x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
0.9x
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