Who hasn't had one? Nine out of ten adults experience headache
at some point in their lives--and wish they could wave a
magic wand to make it disappear.
Some people get headaches only occasionally, but up to 50
million Americans get frequent headaches that can make them
feel miserable on a regular basis. Each year, headache is
responsible for 157 million lost workdays, 10 million doctor's
visits, and $50 billion in health care costs. That's no
small price to pay. Yet headaches are often not seen as
a true medical disorder--either by patients or by doctors.
vast majority of headaches aren't serious, although they
can seriously impair your ability to function well. What's
sad is that 70% of headache sufferers never seek medical
help, either because they don't believe they have a legitimate
illness or because they don't think effective treatments
are available. And even when headache sufferers do complain
to a doctor about their problem, they may give up before
a treatment is found that can relieve their pain. The fact
is that headache therapy is very individualized: What works
for one person may not work for another. And you may have
to try a variety of medications and nondrug techniques before
you find a cure.