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Introduction and Approach to Headache 

Introduction and Approach to Headache
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Introduction and Approach to Headache
Author(s):

Bert B. Vargas

and Rashmi B. Halker Singh

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0058
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date: 15 October 2019

Headache is an experience that 93% of men and 99% of women have at some time in their lives. It is the most common complaint treated by neurologists and the seventh most common complaint treated by primary care providers. Although most headaches in the general population meet the criteria for tension-type headache, migraine is the most common headache treated in clinical practice and affects 18% of women and 6% of men, typically in their peak years of productivity. The high prevalence of mild, nondisabling headache in the population likely contributes to the stigma of migraine as being “just a headache.” A large proportion of persons with headache do not have first-hand experience with the disabling features that occur with migraine and some other primary headache disorders.

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