Stress is the most common cause of headaches
Overwork at work and in everyday family life - many people are under pressure every day, which often leads to headaches. According to a survey, women are particularly affected. Every second person suffering from a headache attributes their suffering to stress. "Stress is the most common cause of headaches," said DAK-Gesundheit in Hamburg - especially among women. The health insurance company has commissioned a representative Forsa survey of 1,000 people over the age of 14.
But not only overloads in work or everyday family life are responsible for this. Weather changes also play a role in at least 46 percent of those affected. Almost one in ten respondents experience headaches at least once a week. Another nine percent of respondents suffer several times a month. In contrast, 32 percent said they never had a headache.
Almost one in five (19 percent) of pain patients feels very badly or severely impaired in their performance in everyday life, another 32 percent state that they are moderately affected by the pain.
According to the information, stress often leads to headaches in the 30 to 59 year old age group. In the group of over 60-year-olds, however, it is only 37 percent.
Older people are less likely to suffer from headaches
"In general, people over the age of 60 suffer significantly less headaches overall," it said. "53 percent of this age group never has pain, while only 14 percent of 14 to 44 year olds do." The younger employees are responsible for the stronger challenges at work for the health insurance fund.
If you take a closer look at the relationship between women and men (56 versus 43 percent), you can see that the frequent double burden of job and family leads to an increased increase in headaches. Among the causes of headache, the respondents indicated lack of fluids (34 percent) and lack of sleep (25 percent). Ten percent named alcohol consumption as the reason.
Over 80 percent of people in Germany experience headaches more or less. For some it is only short, for others it is for days. Children and adolescents are now as often affected as adults. Four out of five students occasionally suffer from headaches, new study numbers confirm.
The number of young headache patients is increasing steadily
According to the experts, the number of young headache patients has roughly quadrupled since the 1970s. It is also striking that girls are affected two and a half times more than boys. Why this is so can not be explained. According to new study results, people with chronic, recurring pain often have a changed pain perception. Migraine patients often suffer from skin hypersensitivity (allodynia), in which every touch is felt as pain.
There is good news for the ten percent of Germans who suffer from migraine attacks. In the near future, new therapeutic approaches will flow into the treatment. For example, the active ingredient triptan can soon be injected through the skin without a needle, and only under high pressure. The active ingredient DHE (dihydroergotamine) will also be offered as inhalation in the future and should therefore work much more efficiently.
Botox relieves chronic migraines Two large-scale studies on the treatment of chronic migraines have also been able to demonstrate the soothing effects of Botox. The migraine attacks per month were significantly reduced in the studies with Botox.
There will also be a new treatment for the so-called cluster headache, which is one of the worst types of headache. A mini stimulator, which is implanted in the upper jaw, delivered good study results. By remote control via mobile phone, a nerve bundle is stimulated there during pain attacks and there is a soothing effect. (fr)