Debunking the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation
- 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.