The Headache Symptom

A new study finds evidence that headaches can also lead to facial pain.Experts want to highlight how common this symptom is so people don’t wait to get treated.People with cluster headaches were more likely to have facial pain compared to people with migraine.Having a headache may not all be in your head. A new study in the journal Neurology finds that up to 10 percent of people with headaches also experience facial pain.Facial pain isn’t well recognized as a headache symptom. Some people with it may think it’s something else and wind up waiting longer for proper diagnosis and treatment, said Dr. Arne May, a neurology professor at the University of Hamburg in Germany.

 Those with rare forms of headaches also had facial pain. In fact, 45 percent of the 20 people with paroxysmal hemicrania (severe attacks on one side of the head) experienced facial pain. Facial pain impacted 21 percent of the 42 people with hemicrania continua (continuous pain); and 20 percent of 15 people with short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform (frequent attacks on one side of the head).The researchers noted six people with constant facial pain on one side of the head and attacks lasting 10 to 30 minutes several times a day. This syndrome has been observed before and is called constant unilateral facial pain with added attacks. 

The Headache Symptom