Now relaxing on Sunday can give you a headache

6th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 October 2006, PONTEVEDRA — Neurologists have discovered 160 different types of headaches, a Spanish expert said on Friday.

6 October 2006

PONTEVEDRA — Neurologists have discovered 160 different types of headaches, a Spanish expert said on Friday.

Julio Pascual, of the Hospital Universitario de Salamanca, was one of the speakers at the first meetings about the current state of neurology held in Pontevedra.

Pascual said that of the 160 types of headaches identified so far, "the majority are caused by muscle pains or tiredness, although the big problem is migraines".

Migraines "occur above all in young or middle-aged women and produce incapacitation, but there have been spectacular advances" in treating them.

Pascual said that pharmacology in this field also has undergone an important advance, which allows doctors, "once a case is detected, to apply the proper medication" and achieve an 80 percent success rate in curing - or at least effectively managing - migraines.

He said in the high-stress society in which we lives, he added, means millions of people suffer from strong headaches.

Among these are the so-called "Sunday headaches," a consequence of a change in one's work rhythm.

Pascual said, however, that there is an important genetic component to migraines, in particular, and they often run in families.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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