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Chronic headache due to sun exposure - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i have this constant severe head pain when i go out in the sun
Doctor :   Ok
User :   or if im out whole day i am bound to get head pain by the end of the day
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Which part/side of the head aches?
User :   its either the left side or entire head
Doctor :   Do you feel it as a pulsating pain like a heart beat or just dull ache?
User :   its just a dull ache but i just cant do anything after that and i end up taking crocin or saridon wothout which i cant get sleep
Doctor :   May I know for how long do these headaches last?
Doctor :   SInce when are you suffering from such headaches?
User :   Its been years now
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you describe how frequently you get these headaches and for how long do an episode last, if crocin or saridon tablet is not available?
User :   i often get it if i have a tiring day at work or from morning i am out of the house and if its this hot season and i have to go out from morning i prepare my self that i am bound to get a headache
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the headache associated with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, seeing flashes of light associated with these headache.
User :   no no nothing of this sought just a plain headache
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   I am 24
Doctor :   Do you have other symptoms such as hypertension, diabetes?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for this problem?
User :   yes i did but he said its nothing much
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Your description matches the description of chronic headache.
Doctor :   It could be a variant of migraine.
Doctor :   As the name suggest, chronic - long term - this is condition which is known to last for long time.
Doctor :   They can only be prevented and not completely treated.
User :   will it effect my health
User :   how can it be prevented
Doctor :   Apart from the episodes which can become very frequent affecting daily activities,
Doctor :   no major complications is known to happen.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   In simple terms, I mean these are not life threatening issue, but occasionally
Doctor :   they can increase in frequency and lead to disturbed life.
User :   any medicine which could be suggested
Doctor :   I shall explain that now.
Doctor :   The most important measure useful in preventing these headaches are
Doctor :   1. Regular sleep and regular eating - absolutely no fasting or not sleeping well.
Doctor :   2. Since you report that you get these headaches after getting to the sun, having a cool shower before you go, using umbrella when you go out. walking in the shade and so on are useful.
Doctor :   3. Such headaches can be aggravated by strong odour. So it is better to avoid strong perfume.
Doctor :   4. Physical exercise, destressing measures such as yoga, meditation may be necessary.
Doctor :   Most often these lifestyle changes will prevent the headaches. if not completely they will reduce the intensity of headache.
Doctor :   However
Doctor :   If the headaches are not better or getting more intense
Doctor :   then
Doctor :   you may need certain pills.
Doctor :   These preventing pills need to be taken every day.
User :   what are those pills
Doctor :   There are many varieties of pills used for treating such headaches.
Doctor :   Pills belonging to group of betablocker, Tricyclic antidepressants, variety of anticonvulsants are used for prevenition.
User :   Thank you doctor for your advise and suggestions
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