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National Headache Awareness Week Begins

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RALEIGH — Over 45 million Americans have chronic, recurring headaches. Of these, 28 million suffer from migraines annually.

It is estimated that industry loses $50 billion per year to absenteeism and medical expenses caused by headaches, and migraine sufferers lose more than 157 million workdays each year.

More than $4 billion is spent annually on over-the-counter pain relievers for headache, even though many of these are ineffective for the headache sufferer.

How do you know when to consult a healthcare provider about headache? The National Headache Foundation offers Ten Tips on When to See Your Healthcare Provider for Headache.

See your provider if your headache:

  • is sudden and severe.
  • affects one side of the head only.
  • is associated with pain in the eye or ear.
  • is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, hallucinations or sensitivity to light and sound.
  • recurs in a definite pattern — if the time of day, circumstances and duration of pain are consistently similar.
  • causes confusion or loss of consciousness.
  • is persistent, when previously you've been headache-free.
  • interferes with your ability to function normally at work or in social situations.
  • is similar to headaches suffered by other members of your family.
  • is different from other headaches you have previously experienced.
  • Seventy percent of all migraine sufferers are women.

    For more information on headache causes and treatments, call 1-888-NHF-5552.