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Debunking the Myths About Headache

Headache is an extremely common part of the female experience.  However, there are still many myths about headache which prevail.  Below, four of the most common headache myths are debunked. 

  • 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.

Created: 12/10/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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