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Millions of people suffer from headaches every year, with the discomfort ranging from a mild irritation to agonising pain that leaves them bedbound.
But a study of 2,900 headache sufferers revealed that for one in 10, the burning, piercing or throbbing sensation occurs 'mainly in the face'.
Scientists - University - Hamburg - Difference - Pain
Scientists from the University of Hamburg hope understanding the difference between facial pain and headaches will lead to new treatments.
'Facial pain has not been well recognised as a symptom of headache, and some people end up waiting a long time for a proper diagnosis and treatment,' lead author Dr Arne May said.
'This - Study - Pain - People - Pain
'This study shows facial pain is not uncommon and for many people their pain occurs mainly in the face, not the head.
'For a better understanding of these types of facial pain and ultimately for the development of treatments, it's crucial we understand more about facial pain.
Disease - Headache - Place - Syndromes
'[This includes knowing] whether it is the same disease as the headache, but showing up in a different place, or whether they are two different syndromes.'
Around half of all adults around the world have suffered from at least one headache in the past year, according to the World Health Organization.
Suffering - Headaches - Anxiety - Loss - Unemployment
As well as causing personal suffering, headaches have been linked to anxiety, financial loss and unemployment. A person's family and social life may also be affected.
To understand the type of pain patients endure, the researchers looked at 2,912 people who claimed to have primary headaches. These are headaches that do not occur as a result of an underlying condition.
Participants - Questionnaire - Headaches - Pain
The participants completed a questionnaire about their headaches and any other pain.
Results - published in the journal Neurology - revealed 291...
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