Headache Treatment Confusion:
Headache treatment confusion is all around us. This became very
evident this week with a new patient that has gone to great lengths to find a solution for her constant headaches for the past 9 years. The following is further evidence of this catastrophe-even when addressed by such a notable organization as the World Health Organization.
“A number of notable facts about headaches from the World Health Organization:
A minority of people with headache disorders worldwide are diagnosed appropriately by a health-care provider. Headache has been underestimated, under-recognized and under-treated throughout the world. Headache disorders are associated with personal and societal burdens of pain, disability, damaged quality of life and financial cost. Globally, it has been estimated that prevalence among adults of current headache disorder (symptomatic at least once within the last year) is 47%. Headache disorders impose a recognizable burden on sufferers including sometimes substantial personal suffering, impaired quality of life and financial cost. Repeated headache attacks, and often the constant fear of the next one, damage family life, social life and employment.
Appropriate treatment of headache disorders requires professional training of health professionals, accurate diagnosis and recognition of the condition, appropriate treatment with cost-effective medications, simple lifestyle modifications, and patient education. The main classes of drugs to treat headache disorders include: analgesics, anti-emetics, anti-migraine medications, and prophylactic medications. However a large number of people with headache disorders are not diagnosed and treated.
These evident burdens call for action. WHO recognizes this, and is a partner, with the non-governmental organization Lifting The Burden, in the Global Campaign against Headache. This initiative, began in 2004 and aims not only to raise awareness of headache disorders, but also, to improve the quality of headache care and access to it worldwide. WHO published the Atlas of headache disorders in 2011 describing the burden due to headache disorders and resources available to reduce them.”
Headache treatment confusion results from a lack of knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of headaches. It is evident from the treatment approaches listed by the World Health Organization (only pharmacological), that the doctors advising them do not understand headache anatomy and physiology. It is unlikely that they will change headache treatment confusion to any degree.
Headache treatment confusion will only be corrected when the contribution to jaw alignment (dental orthopedics) on head pain receptors becomes better recognized.