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Headaches may result from many different causes. Primary headaches are caused by neck tension and from not coping with stress. A migraine is a severe form of primary headache. Secondary headaches can result from an illness like flu, sinus infection or TMJ dysfunction. Low thyroid function may be associated with headaches.[1] Hormone imbalance can cause monthly headaches in women, and withdrawal from caffeine, alcohol or taking prescription drugs can also be a cause of headaches. Allergy and food intolerance may be associated with headaches. Temporal arteritis leads to a particular type of headache, which is generally treated with steroid medication.

Viral meningitis is a cause of lasting symptoms involving headache, fatigue and general debility.

A survey by the charity Meningitis Now carried out in 2012, found that viral meningitis left 97% of respondents with debilitating after-effects,[2] including the following:
  • Exhaustion (78%)
  • Headaches (70%) 
  • Memory loss (50%) 
  • Anxiety (37%)
  • Depression (37%)
  • Dizziness/balance problems (37%)
  • Hearing difficulties (23%)
The charity offered 20 people still suffering from the after-effects of viral meningitis the opportunity to have 10 sessions with a therapist. Eight participants had cranial osteopathy and five had acupuncture. Symptoms were measured by qualitative and quantitative data from a questionnaire. Treatment outcome was overwhelmingly positive for all those who had acupuncture or cranial osteopathy. 

The conclusion of the report states:

Overall findings were positive and it’s clear the project was a great success; People who took part in the pilot project and returned questionnaires were extremely positive about the impact of the therapy on their symptoms and overall health and wellbeing. The therapies addressed both physical and psychological aspects of their recovery. It appears that 10 sessions of the therapies gave sufficient time for the therapies to begin to have an effect. Many people noted that they felt relaxed after the first session, but needed more treatments for symptoms to reduce. Many would continue or return to having the therapies if their symptoms increased in future.

People who returned feedback forms all benefitted from the sessions of therapy they received. All noted improvement in the symptoms they presented with. For some the symptoms were completely relieved and for others they indicated significant improvement on their score sheets.

Tom Greenfield participated in the Meningitis Now study, offering cranial osteopathy, and has experience in treating patients with a history of meningitis. 
treatment for headache
Headaches can result from thyroid dysfunction, viral meningitis or many other causes
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24 Jan 2015, 09:03