At least one in ten Australians suffer from a headache every week
At least one in ten Australians suffer from a headache every week, yet few are able to pinpoint the triggers. A new headache diary could be the key to becoming pain free.
The results of a survey released during National Pain Week found that of the 1200 respondents, one-in-three reported suffering from headaches at least once a month, with one-in-ten reporting a headache at least once a week. Of those who report having regular headaches (one or more a week) around 50 per cent have seen a doctor, but only one-in-three have kept a record of their symptoms or other information about their headaches.
With this in mind, NPS has launched a new headache diary to help people with frequent headaches understand and manage their pain. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms, frequency and other factors which may be contributing to their onset. It also helps you and your doctor to assess how successful are any treatments.
When it comes to treating headaches, over-the-counter pain medicines were the overwhelmingly popular choice with 81 per cent of headache sufferers reporting using one for their last headache. Massage (11 per cent) and ice packs (nine per cent) were other treatment options reported.
You can find out more about headaches and download or order a copy of the new NPS Headache Diary at www.nps.org.au
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