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Painkillers are the cause of headaches
 

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September 20, 2012 - Updated 1444 PKT
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ISLAMABAD: Up to a million people in the UK have "completely preventable" severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said.

 

They said some were trapped in a "vicious cycle" of taking pain relief, which then caused even more headaches, BBC reported.

 

The warning came as part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) first guidelines for treating headaches.

 

It is also recommending acupuncture in some circumstances.

 

This can end up getting into a vicious cycle where your headache gets worse, so you take more painkillers, so your headache gets worse and this just becomes worse and worse and worse" Prof Martin added.

 

"Medication overuse headaches" feel the same as other common headaches or migraines.

 

There is no definitive UK data on the incidence of the condition, but studies in other countries suggest 1-2% of people are affected, while the World Health Organization says figures closer to 5% have been reported.

 

While painkillers would be many people's instant response, they could be making sufferers feel even worse.

 

Prof Martin Underwood, from Warwick Medical School, who led the NICE panel, said: "This can end up getting into a vicious cycle where your headache gets worse, so you take more painkillers, so your headache gets worse and this just becomes worse and worse and worse.

 

"It is such an easy thing to prevent."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
There are many types of headaches like migraine headache ,Cluster headache and tension headache etc.If we take medicine with the help of medical profession so we can avoid from medicine side effects .We should not chose medicine either for headache or for others disease and never stop abruptly without doctor consultation because some type of medicine can taper with the particular procedure with the help of medical professional .

shakir
UAE
The easiest way to replace pain killers is to eat raw turmeric with food every day. I know it works because I eat it everyday without fail.

Imran Quraishi
USA
 
 
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